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Nanbam is 40 years old. She lives in Pushit, Nigeria with her husband and five children. Nanbam joined the Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme in 2016, after hearing about it through her church. Before joining the programme, Nanbam sold second-hand clothes which earned a small amount of money.

Namban with her children
Nanbam with her children. Photo credit: Monilekan

During the programme, Nanbam chose piggery as her vocational skill. She saved up her stipend to purchase two pigs, which live in a small pen in her yard. 

My plan is to fatten up the pigs, and then breed them. I want to produce lots of piglets! I will give some of the piglets to other women.

Nanbam with her pigs she purchased using her stipend. Photo: Monilekan
Nanbam with her pigs she purchased using her stipend. Photo: Monilekan

I want to help other women the way I have been helped. This was the essence of what I learnt at Women for Women International. They taught us to help others.


Nanbam. Photo: Monilekan


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