Instead of begging for alms after she lost her husband, Fatima Abdullahi, a mother of four decided to go into the business of selling bean cake popularly known as “akara.”
Surprisingly, she makes an average of N5000 daily from selling akara and pap, known as “koko”.
Fatima said she started her business about 10 years ago after the death of her husband because there was no one to help her and her kids, and she hated the idea of begging.
“I started with as little as N3000, and gradually expanded the business by adding sweet potato and now I make an average of N5000 daily, about N150,000 monthly. Although the business is stressful and dangerous because you have to seat by the fire every day, it is helping me to pay the bills, take care of my children. At least I can afford to pay school fees for my children and medical bills when the need arises. Whether a widow or housewife, you can start a business, no matter how small, so as to have financial freedom,” she said.
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