I started Abacha business to feed my children when COVID-19 destroyed my business, forced me out of Jigawa  

Mrs. Eze Chinenye, who her husband died, leaving her with five children has narrated how she was doing well with her foodstuff business in Jigawa state until CONVID-19 came and made things difficult, forcing her to relocate to Ibagwa Aka community in Igbo Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State where she has started Cassava business (Abacha).

Eze while speaking to Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA-Foundation), explained she had to go into the cassava business to feed her five children and take care of their school fees.

She, however, said things have become very difficult since the pandemic outbreak, pointing out that she needs assistance from the government and Non-Governmental Organizations to get back to her foodstuff business.

Eze spraying her abacha on the sun
Eze spraying her abacha on the sun

Eze while acknowledging the difficulty in her new business said staying under the sun to dry the cassava (Abacha) is unbearable for her as a nursing mother.

She told MAWA Foundation that, although there were palliatives from both government and individuals, they weren’t enough to address the economic crisis causes by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Groaning over the suffering she is going through, she said if she gets no help from anybody, she does not know what will happen to her and her children.

“If I couldn’t get help, I don’t know what will happen to me and my children because am suffering too much,” Eze told MAWA-Foundation.

“We are feeding on hand to mouth since Coronavirus started to date says Mrs. Ajibo Izabela who lives at Ibagwa Aka community.

“The pandemic affected I and my household so terrible that we have now resorted to searching from house to house for who will give us domestic jobs to do so we get paid and see money for feeding”, Izabela said.

This is even as she said before the Coronavirus started, that she normally went to local markets trading in palm kernel, but now she couldn’t continue because of high cost of commodities and transportation fee.

Izabela picking her palm Kernel
Izabela picking her palm Kernel

She, however, explained that as a result of the high cost of transportation and other expenses she incurs doing business after the coronavirus outbreak, she was forced to stop while she resorted to going from one house to another in search of domestic jobs to do and earn money.

“Yes I really acknowledge and appreciate the government and individuals who helped us during the lockdown, but we need more help here in Ibagwa Aka because many of us are suffering, mostly in this period that all commodities are expensive” she added.

This report is supported by the Open Society Initiatives for West Africa 

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