Nigeria’s economy is the largest in Africa worth over one trillion dollars. Its economy has large oil reserves, which represent approximately 80% of its exports and half of its government revenue. Yet, the informal sector in Nigeria remains a significant source of employment and employs between 50-65% of the Nigerian workforce. Although Nigeria is known for their vibrant economic urban centers, rural development remains limited. Climate change also poses new additional challenges to traditional farming methods.
MEDA has worked with women and youth in Nigeria since 2013 to support them as they run businesses in the agro-processing and food industries in rural regions of the country. Over the years, MEDA has supported small entrepreneurs and farmers in the groundnut, soy, rice, vegetable, banana, livestock, honey, cassava, and cocoa value chains. Through education and training opportunities, small-scale businesses (SSBs) have seen the business environment for women and youth improved, and community and family supports strengthened.
“I realized that my challenge was lack of communication and cooperation from my husband but now after the training I saw the need to inform him of the things he needs to start doing which are his responsibility as a father and husband. I talked to him on certain things which I had never done before.”