FBS (family business scheme) is a program designed under the street child (right to care) project in collaboration with American University of Nigeria (implementing partner) to empower 30 foster parents of children who are going through trauma and other psychological disturbances during and after the insurgency attacks in the North east with start up capital to start up a petty trade.
“If not for the people from AUN, I don’t know what I would have done. I am so grateful to them for transforming my life. I am just coming from my children’s school; I went to pay their school fees. For the first time, my children and those leaving under my care were not chased out from school ‘’ said Mrs Halima Buba.
Mrs Buba one of the thirty other beneficiaries selected for the Family Business Scheme FBS under the right to care project is a foster parent of two unaccompanied children attending the PSS program in Tsukumu community of Michika Local Government area.
She said over the years, she was finding it difficult to take care of her family. Her husband is a retired military man who is yet to receive his pension.
With no capital to start up a petty trade, herself and her six children are usually hired as laborers to farm on other people’s farm even though the farming business is not forthcoming as it used to.
But luck shone on her the day she was selected as one of the foster parents to be empowered by AUN. She now fries bean cake, flour cake and yam at a strategic business location in Michika.
“I am having so much sales, I had to do a morning and evening shift because of the high demand. I come in the morning by 6am and before 7.30am, everything is finished, I resume again by 5pm and before its 6.30pm everything will be finished’’ she said excitedly while attending to customers’’.
Another beneficiary Mrs Hauwa Bili from Tudun Wada in Michika said she formerly doing grain business. During market days, she buys and sells grains to people. But during the insurgency attacks in her community, she spent all her savings in trying to flee from Michika with her family.
After the insurgency, she returned back home and had nothing to fall back to.
But with the start up capital from AUN, she has decided to fall back to her former grain business.
“We all eat from this business in my family, I have three orphans with me and from this business, I train them in school, including my children’’.
She said she has sustained the business, to the extent that she presently buys 40 measures of maize and local rice each, and sells them within three days.
‘’I am very happy now and I know that I benefitted from this gesture because of the two orphans I have leaving with me’’.
Zulai Umar, also a beneficiary said, she is not only happy that AUN have helped her regain her lost hope and strength, but ‘’all my children are now well behaved at home and I know it is because of what they learn at the PSS program. They no longer have the evil thoughts of vengeance they used to have, they now have love for one another, they even respect me. I think AUN people came specifically for me’’.
With the capital she got, she presently has a business by the road side in Zabaidari, Michika Local Government Area. she sells palm oil, groundnut oil, beans and other items used at home.
FBS (family business scheme) is a program designed under the street child (right to care) project. The project is a collaborative effort of AUN (implementing partners) and Street child united kingdom to empower foster parents with start up capital.
It entails giving psycho-socio support to children who are going through trauma and other psychological disturbances during and after the insurgency attacks in the North east.
Reported by Nubwa Ibrahim
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