Street Business School Empowers Indigent Women


Kasim Sumaina in Abuja

Street Business School has empowered not less than 30 indigent women in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The Street Business School by SI4DEV is a six-months mobile business training, designed to serve the unique needs of individuals living in poverty by enabling them to be agent of change, supporting them to start sustainable business ventures such that they can have a reliable income stream long into the future.

Operation/Publicity Manager, Patricia Okolo, while speaking recently on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony for first set of beneficiaries in Orozo and Lugbe-kauta communities in FCT, said the aim of the program was to empower women for developing business concept with or without finances.

According to Okolo, the institution started in Uganda by the bead-for-life, a non- profit organisation on a mission to end extreme poverty.
“The street business school program is now implemented in 14 counties in Africa. SI4DEV is the first organisation implementing the Street business school in Nigeria.

“We started in August, 2019, with the recruitment and selection process, and was delivered in six communities in Nigeria.
“Ninety people enrolled for the program in Bayelsa State (Yenegwe community), Abuja(Orozo and Lugbe Sauka Kahuta community), Kano state( Sabon gari 1 and Sabon gari 2) and Lagos state(Ikotun Community).”

Okolo added: “That the program is done in rural communities for women in other to plug the of poverty gap and make them self- sufficient going into future businesses.”

She stated that the 30 graduands were among the first set of beneficiaries in Nigeria.
“This is the first batch we are having so far in Nigeria involving six communities, three states, and two locations in Abuja.
“A lot of them actually have business ideas but, having the issue of financial constraints or actually running a business but don’t have the concept or skills of maintaining and running a business continuously.”

She further revealed that during the training, they taught the women how to generate capital either by doing minimal jobs that don’t require much of their time, cleaning and doing other things to generate little funds and then start one or two businesses,

“This is a mobile business classroom with trainings held in the local communities. It is a LOVE + Business model that seek to bring marginalised people around the planet into self- sufficiency.
“So the program has really changed their lives and we believe in the next three months they will be self-sufficient and be able to help their families,” she added.