Job openings

 

Associate Director, Laboratory Services; Family Health International [FHI]

Location: Abuja Nigeria;

Minimum Requirements: MS/MA and 7-9 years relevant experience or PHD/MD and 5-7 years relevant experience in molecular biology, molecular genetics, genetic engineering or related field. Experience in a clinical laboratory setting in the areas of molecular diagnosis, viral load determination, drug resistance testing, genotyping and nucleic acid sequencing. Familiarity with public sector health system, donor agencies, NGOs and CBOs is required. Requisition number: 1117. Interested candidates may register online through FHI’s Career Center at http://WWW.fhi.org/en/AboutFHI/Employment/index.htm or through the international employment section at www.fhi.org. Please submit CV/resume and cover letter including salary requirements. Please specify source in your application. AA/EOE/M/F/V/D.

Program Officers Monitoring & Evaluation [3 Positions]

ECOWAS. Location: Abuja, Nigeria. Last date: February 28, 2010.

 Qualifications/Experience/skills: A bachelor’s degree in Management, Business administration, Economics, Statistics, Social Sciences or any other related subject; a minimum of five [5] years of professional experience including at least two [2] years planning, statistical or analytical [consulting] related work; Good working knowledge of planning frameworks and tools will be an advantage; Must have good writing skills and be computer literate. Age: Candidates must not be over fifty [50] years of age at the age of recruitment and must be citizens of one of the ECOWAS member states. Languages: Must be fluent in one of the official languages of ECOWAS: English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of second official language would be an advantage. Apply online at: http://www.ecowashr.info/en/public/apply.php

 International Conferences

  1. UNESCO international leadership training programme. For additional information: if you have questions regarding the application/registration, program content, special needs requirements, or dormitory housing, please call the UNESCO Chair Office at 860-486-0647 or email unescochairintern@uconn.edu. Deadline for application is 26th February 2010. All applications must be submitted electronically or via facsimile to unescochairintern@uconn.edu. Fax:860.4862545. More info: http://www.unescochair.uconn.edu. 
  2. New approaches to research and practice in communication for development and social change. Venue: Athens, Ohio on 2nd April, 2010. To apply, visit www.commdev.ohio.edu/news.events/conference.html.

Fellowship

  1. Rotary Peace Fellowship. Application closes 1st July 2010. Apply through www.rotary.org/Rotarycenters.
  2. Netherlands Fellowship Program 2010. [Masters degree]. Visit www.nuffic.nl.
  3. African women working in agro-related fields, have you concluded a bachelors, masters or  doctoral degree, you are advised to apply. Deadline for application is march 22, 2010. To apply, visit www.genderdiversity.cgiar.org.resources/award.asp.

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A chat with Queen Nigeria


She lost her dad when she was just four months old and had it difficult growing up with her mother and one brother. Undaunted, she contested for miss Plateau and won, and later emerged QUEEN NIGERIA even without any make-up on her face or relaxer on her hair. The ever smiling, youthful rivers state born QUEEN NIGERIA bares her mind with our Career Exclusive magazine crew

May we know you?

I’m Juliet Jones

Nickname:

 J.J

State of origin:

Rivers State

Occupation:

400 level medical student, university of Jos. My mother wanted me to study theater arts and eventually become an actress, while my aunt wanted me to be a nurse, the same profession as hers. My mother did not choose medicine for me, she only guided me in the choice making. The passion to study medicine is as old as I could remember.

About Queen Nigeria pageant:

it is organized by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and is different from the conventional pageant. It is very descent, not where contestants flaunt bikinis. The criteria is such that you have to be a complete and real African and Nigerian lady. We were tested in cooking of indigenous meals. I prepared Gote (my favorite meal) and came second nationally. In the camp, we were pared in twos in a room. My roommate was Miss Nassarawa State. Another interesting aspect was the room service was also use as spies on us and report back to the judges on our behavior in our rooms, neatness of room, among others. Again, during dinner, all the contested were asked to bring complaints against their roommates. I never did, as I can get along with anyone. There was a singing session to display talents, the creative tone, rhythm and reason for the song was evaluated. Judges came from different background: fashion, media, religious, academic, psychology, and other people who people who know what a true African woman is. People voted through short codes.            

Queen Nigeria, Juliet Jones

 

How do you feel being a celebrity?

By the grace of God, nothing has changed. I am still who I am. When I get tired of matching the brakes, I walk or take commercial motorbikes, even to school. I still go to church and participate in ushering activities like cleaning seats for members and sweeping the church compound. My friends have not changed only that I am meeting higher classed people in the society. I need them to do what I want to do. As a celebrity, my new friends will not tell me what my old friends will. So I don’t intend to drop my old friends. I don’t snub those who pose for photographs with me or ask for autograph. I don’t accept romantic overtures from male folks. I politely tell them that I’m not that I am not that kind of girl, but we can just be friends. I see this position as a platform to reach the less-privilege.

Did your position affect your studies? It didn’t affect my studies as I balanced up my activities effectively.

 

Where do you go from here?

I want to be the first to do things others have not done e.g. a medical student becoming a beauty queen. I want to be a missionary doctor that goes out into the communities to meet patients’ needs and not them coming to meet me in town or an urban hospital.

What will you do after graduation? 

Establish a medical foundation to address medical needs, the less privileged, own trodden, charity (free)

How do you relax? I barely have time to unwind. When I do, I play basketball or play with the children at Sunday school service.

Favorite food?

Gote (properly garnished)

Favourite colour?

 Lemon and White (growth and purity)

Languages spoken?

 English, French, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa (fairly)

Likes?

 Real people, determined people, honesty.

Dislikes? 

Pretence

Mentor?

My mother! She is the strongest woman I know. She never give up on any situation. She taught me to be strong, believe in myself and put God first in everything I do.

Marital status?

Single (laughter)

Impression about Career Exclusive magazine?

It’s a wonderful idea. It will bridge the widening gap between the pool of unemployed people and the major employers of labour, I feel honored to be part of it.

JAH DEVICE The versatile Gospel singer

 

With his trademark smile and cascading dreadlocks, the Plateau State-born youthful and fast rising gospel reggae singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer spoke to our team of editors.

Who is Jah Device?

I’m Vincent Nyam(aka God’s Device or Jah Device) an indigene of plateau state, a graduate of finance and accounting from Plateau state Polytechnic, a student of sound engineering and acoustics of a university affiliated with Ohio university, USA. I am a performing musician , I sing, I produce, I play musical instruments [percussion, guitar, keyboard and drums.] I have a band of 12. I call them `fire house crew’ while my fiancee calls them `power house.’ I do live performances- the most popular  genre-reggae music, conventional reggae music; I am a gospel reggae musician.

What inspired your passion and your type of music?

Ehm…it was and still is pleasurable, equally it’s a good platform to pass my message to my generation. Reggae music is best suited for this purpose, as it glues listeners to their seats to reflect. Reggae music has it’s base on spirituality. It’s target is humanity.

Model?

I grew up watching Bob Marley along with my brothers and friends. It made sense to me as I watched how he shaped his generation; he was like an icon of freedom. He stood for peace, he was an inspiration. He influenced my choice of music. God inspired everything, I write about love: love between God and Man, Man and Woman.

Why love songs?

I love seeing people get married. I love attending weddings. My father was a “connector.’’ I know that whenever I spot my compatible mate, I’ll “strike.’’

How long have you been in music?

Professionally since 1994. I snuck out of secondary school to perform on major stages in Abuja.

How many albums do you have?

I have an album in the market titled“Hope reloaded’’ which was released 5th of july, 2009. I’m independent now but I’m still looking for a management deal so I can concentrate on singing and thinking. I have three albums on a waiting list which feature musicians like Versatile, Dave Azi, Young talented. Also, I am working with Jesse Jackz and M.I. I hope to work with Bongos Ikwe to do one of his works. Recently, we also did an all- star track featuring  Sound Sultan, Stella Damascus, Pat Amata, Bracket, Mr. Kem, Ruby, amongst others.

Jah Device

CE: Wearing locks?

 It’s a coincidence that I wear locks. I don’t wear locks because I sing reggae music. I sang reggae music before I began to wear locks. My grandfather wore locks as well as my brothers, but they did not sing reggae music. Wearing locks is a cultural thing [Berom culture in plateau state] especially for warriors, entertainers of kings, or family of king makers which I am one. Also, it’s an African thing. Africans did not know what combs were until white men came with some pricky thing called comb. They made us comb our hair, shave hair, etc. Furthermore, I wear locks to create an impression.

How do people see you?

I have no problem relating with people, I see who I want to see. There was an incident where an official almost barred me from taking holy communion except for the timely intervention of the parish priest who knew my antecedents as devout catholics and “lay readers.’’ I have spoken to like 4 state governors one on one. I work in the bishop’s court, I’m the secretary of the music secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN] Plateau state chapter.

Philosophy?

Live and let live. Act justly. Walk humbly. Love tenderly.

Costume?

I’m working on that, though I try to be modest. Sometimes my managers protest that but I think it suits my person. I like white shirts on stage.

Challenges?

I don’t have promoters yet. Another is financial…paying for services rendered to me. Furthermore, most media don’t play my music even when it’s good.

Other things about you that people don’t know?

I’m a peace builder and bridge builder. I like service –oriented tasks.

Managing stardom?

I don’t give my number to females because I don’t want problems. It’s terrible to be on the defensive side. I don’t shun people who pose for photographs or want my autographs. Projections? I see Device living a fulfilled life. Music awards will come when it will. I can’t stop until I become an icon in Africa. I want to perform more on major stages.

Memorable moments?

When a fan fought  his way through the crowd and security only to call me the “love messenger’’, tears dropped down my cheeks. That inspired a whole album.

About Career Exclusive magazine ?

It’s a missing link. Many young people will get linked up. It’ll have multiplier effect. Imagine when someone like me is signed, imagine how many people will be employed. It’s a great idea.

On a final note…

Persevere and keep pressing on.

VOLUNTEERING, EASIEST WAY TO GET A JOB

 

Often times, most jobseekers have little or no idea about smarter ways to get a job, and so they confine themselves to waiting for vacancy adverts before they can file applications and they lose sight of the opportunity of volunteering offers. Apart from getting hands-on experience needed by employers, volunteering provides a jobseeker with what to fix on a CV. Also, volunteers have first-hand information when there is an opening and who is in charge of recruiting. In addition, most organizations consider their volunteers for employment because they are beginning to learn the culture and values of the organization, except where their volunteers are not the ideal match for the opening. Furthermore, in most cases, volunteers do not have the same work schedule. Volunteers enjoy a meager allowance; this could take care of the cost of filling applications and postages. Besides, there is honour in going out and coming in, and this saves one from idleness, and being a suspect when something is missing in the surroundings.

Mandira Paul, a Swedish volunteer in Nigeria shares her experience:

Mandira Paul

I’m a biomedicine student in Sweden, and I have spent these last six weeks in Jos, Nigeria. I’ve come here to gain experience, learn a new culture and hopefully share my culture and experiences from my country. I’ve spent most of the summer together with a student run organization called AIESEC working on project ASK. This is a project where we go out to secondary schools to teach students about HIV/AIDS and related topics. It’s been a lot of fun, interesting and very challenging at the same time. The project is now finished and my remaining time here will be spent working together with Mashiah foundation. This is to be able to see how an NGO works and to hopefully reach out to people and perhaps teach them a little something.

Since coming here, a lot of students residing in Jos keep telling me how jealous they are of me being able to work with an NGO, travel to villages, meet HIV-infected people and gain experience at the same time, making a difference. The thing is, just because I’m from Sweden doesn’t make me more useful here; I would say it’s the opposite. Everyone and anyone can apply to work as a volunteer. It is needed and not only does it give you the opportunity to help other people, it also give you something to write on your resume, that will make you unique when applying for a job. Instead of sitting at home, witing to get admission into the university or waiting for the strike to be over, go and gather knowledge elsewhere. There is a lot to learn.

In Sweden, many youths start working at the age of 16. They work in clothes’ stores, supermarkets, within telemarketing, etc,–basically anything that doesn’t require a higher education. Secondary school finishes the year you turn 18 or 19 and after that, most graduates choose to work for at least one year, in order to gain experience and knowledge. Because if you finish your university degree and apply for a job, one of the first things the employer will ask you about is your work experience. So working or volunteering in an NGO would actually combine work experience, making a difference and a forum for you to learn and develop as a person.

My two months here have been amazing, and I can’t wait to come back here to continue my work, so I hope to see you in the field someday.

ORDINARY YOUTH DOING EXTRA-ORDINARY THING

VEGETABLE TO BIO-FUEL

In as much as the society is filled with stories of couple of unproductive young people who are eating up their future today, there is yet a generation of young people who are positive and adding value to their lives in their chosen fields of endeavors, youths who chose not to look the other way when they see problems, but to take a stand, youth who have distinguished themselves by their innovative local solutions to urgent global challenges, youth who exhibited outstanding contributions to improving the lives of others, who have carved a niche for themselves by remaining focused on their dreams. Joel Nwaeze started fixing his dad’s motorcycle at age 10 and at 30 now he converts vegetable oil to bio-friendly fuel for driving engines with locally-sourced materials and simple tools.

Joel Nwaeze is an agricultural engineering graduate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), the only son of his parents. At age 10, his seeing his passion for technical work, especially the day he fix his dad’s bad motorcycle I his absence, expose him to learning how to fix automobiles alongside schooling(secondary school). His father was afraid of allowing him use his only motorcycle to learn how to fix engines. His father never gave up on him as he follow him up to the automobile workshop to monitor his development. He completed his apprenticeship and was presented with a graduation certificate after 5 years.

Since the world is battling with climate change, and most of the heavy duty automobiles and generators now run on diesel engines which emit a lot of pollutants, he decided to work on THE USE OF VEGETABLE OIL AS AN ALTERNATIVE FUEL FOR DIESEL ENGINES.

He found out and learnt how to convert vegetable oil into diesel in other to meet the standard by ASTM for diesel fuels. Main properties are syntax index which tells you the knocking characters; the higher the syntax index the higher the combustion rate which leads to lower incomplete combustion.

After that he was confronted with meetings ASTM standards. In the course of his research, he discover Rudolf Diesel, (the man who discovered diesel engine in 1912) who actually used peanut oil to drive his engine, but then he had the problem of viscosity, that is the four properties of that oil could not meet the standard for diesel engine, it clogs the nozzle which produces a lot of fumes in which nitrogen and sulphur oxide was present (pollutants). As a result, further production had to stop at that time. In his research, he also discovered an American by the name Teckel who produces bio-diesel, and also someone in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria who was trying to do the same, but the mixing proportion of latter was not clear.

He sent Teckel an email, Teckel replied saying he cannot produce the oil, and that he can only give a ratio which he could try and see how it works. Afterwards Teckel sent documents for him to research with. The challenge which he was face with was two options of mixing. “I made samples of the bio-diesel to be produced using alcohol (ethanol/methanol). I discovered one proportion was better than the other, then I used it to power my diesel generator and it worked. This was the breakthrough for me—inflammability and viscosity within range-this was a breakthrough as the international standard only gives you the range not figures”.

After so many research- invested years, he was able to develop a means of converting vegetable oil into diesel. He uses basically local raw materials/content in his production-palm kernel, ethanol etc. he uses his own money and cooking pot to conduct the test. It takes him two weeks to produce one because he does the welding himself.

So far e as one into the design and construction. He has made a continuous production system for the bio-diesel production. Right now, he is working to make the system an automated one, that can operate by itself, and he hopes to use the project in getting his Ph.D.

Joel's machine for processing Bio-Fuel

 

This invention went for an exhibition in Lagos and won an award. He also entered a competition (young professionals in science) in Ethiopia on April 19th-25th 2009 where it won an African Union award. It appeared in the Guardian newspapers and part of June 2009.  

On getting to nassarawa state for his NYSC, he discovered they have maize in abundance but no local threshers, so he produce modern maize thresher, which was acclaimed as one of its kind. He used about two weeks to produce the processing machine. This won an award of the best Corps member in his branch. He brought back home, where the then Vice chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Professor Chinedu Nebo saw it and was impressed. As a result, they offered him employment as a graduate assistant in UNN.

So far challenges have come from tutors in school and the economic situation. He has been using his private funds, except for a few handy supports.

His driving force has been to impact positively on the society and not just survival.

His advice to the youths and parents out there is to support their wards in realizing their potential early. He also encourages youth to work hard and be patient.

FISH FARMING

 

Fish farming is one of the many ideas one can explore as a job opportunity. It involves the rearing of fish in an enclosed water environment with the aim of achieving the highest possible fish production in a given circumstance and in the most economic manner.

 Fish is known to contain a higher percentage of protein than meat. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization [FAO], fish contains as much as 60% of first class protein on a dry matter basis. Apart from it’s richness in vitamins, it also contains some quantities of calcium, phosphorus, fats and other nutrients for human growth and health. Fish is free from cultural and religious taboos. This makes it to be a universal favorite.

  Given that fish is in high demand locally and internationally, and it is also cheaper to buy than meat, it undoubtedly affords a prospective investor the opportunity of raising fresh water fish for local and international markets; hence this can satisfy Nigerian importers who spend billions of naira on fish importation monthly. The profit accruable on fish farming depends on the investment status. However, a net profit of 150-500 percent is virtually guaranteed on any project which follows professional guidance which can help bridge the pitfalls in the implementation of the project.

 As a beginner, you do not need a degree, an office or even much money to start. You only need a few juveniles or fingerlings of catfish, tilapia or shrimps, etc as open stock [less than 5,000 naira] and place them in such an environment that there is complete control over the physical, chemical, and biological factors which directly or indirectly affect the production circle. The most important factor is that a water receptacle is created in which fish can be raised to table size. This can be done by ornamental fish farming, excavation of the earth, concrete pond or tank. Just N500 can feed a reasonable quantity daily. A fish farm needs close supervision as it needs an intermittent change of water. As a beginner, you need not go into estate fish farming, Recirculated Outdoor Pond System [ROPS] or multi-fish system, you can start as a micro fish farmer; as you grow, many projects can be intergrated with fish farming: fish/chicken, fish/rice,  fish/duck, fish/cattle, etc even as you look for a job.

For in-depth insights, contact the editor on +234 08064877617.

MOJI MAKANJUOLA an excellent career model for young people

MOJI MAKANJUOLA excellent career model for young people

  If you’re a regular viewer of Nigeria Television Authority [NTA], Moji Makanjola’s pretty face and gorgeous style wouldn’t be strange to you. The kwara born multi-lingual talented TV presenter, reporter, producer and head of NTA’s health desk bared her mind with CAREER EXCLUSIVE team on her career, family and passion for health issues. Excerpts…

CE MAGAZINE:

The international coordinator of Mashiah foundation [Bayo Oyebade] recently described you as a friend of Mashiah foundation… it does appear to me you have a special interest in orphans and women living with HIV/AIDS.

Moji Makanjuola:

Yes, with the hindsight that stigmatization and discrimination is one of the problems that PLWHA have to cope with, it is interesting to find out that there’s a couple [the Oyebades] out there who have been giving them renewed hope for life. I’m always pushed to do more for the less-privileged and the most vulnerable which are children who face deprivation in the society. So I got involved in Mashiah foundation care home, such that my Christmas starts from the care home, with this wonderful people… Mashiah Foundation Home offers me that platform to identify with this set of people.

CE MAGAZINE:

You seem to be passionate about health issues generally.

Moji Makanjuola:

Oh sure! By the grace of God, I’m the head of the health desk of NTA, and we don’t the populace through our various reports. In that way, we believe that more lives will be saved. Most of the health challenges we have in this part of the world are preventable, but most people are not informed, so a 1 or 2 minutes report will go a long way… and we tremendous feedbacks. I came up with a proposal to start a health report, 30 minutes every Thursday. We broaden the horizon for health reporting I believe NTA has set the pace and other media organizations have followed suit, and so today we have a vibrant health desk that looks into the broader perspectives of health care. We package our programmes first to the taste of our target audience [Nigerians], then the black community, and then rest of the world. 

CE MAGAZINE:

Who is Moji Makanjuola?

Moji Makanjuola:

That’s she talking to you [smiling]. I’m a wife, a mother of three [2 girls and a boy]. My first daughter is a lawyer and my baby girl will be graduating this summer in international financing. My husband is a diplomat who is on his way out of service at the time of this report. I’m blessed by his grace. I’m an orphan. I have sisters and brothers. I am driven by the doctrines of his grace, my Lord Jesus Christ, the sacrifice he made and still makes on our behalf.

Through that, I can reach out every way I can in anywhere that God allows me to serve. By and large, I am I’m just one who is taking in by giving back in terms of setting a platform where people can see themselves as volunteers in every situation and be able to help people who are down to stand up. I have my own downtimes too. Irrespective of your belief, we are our brothers’ keepers. I pray that God will make us a constant instrument of uplifting humanity at all times. Basically, that’s Moji.

CE MAGAZINE: What does your job entail in NTA?

Moji Makanjuola:

 I’m a TV journalist, reporter, producer, anchor and head of health desk of NTA.

CE MAGAZINE:

 That’s quite a lot of responsibilities, isn’t it?

Moji Makanjuola:

 yeah, I think when you allow God to privatize your life; he gives you the strength, wisdom, and energy to do it. By his grace, everything has been quite supportive. The fact that I’m addicted to the place I work, and I do these tasks over and over again, things just fall into place, that’s it.

CE MAGAZINE:

Can you point out a particular time when you’re career as a TV journalist began?

Moji Makanjuola: My mentor is late Adamu Augie from Kebbi State. He heard me and actually said to me:’ you are a material for broadcasting.’’ That’s how it started right after secondary school. I have never done anything in life apart from what I’m doing except voluntary work  that is with the less privileged and all that. I like what I do and I still think I will not do anything until my Lord calls me home.

CE MAGAZINE:

What do you like most about your job?

Moji Makanjuola:

 I think the reach that it gives me. That I can reach out to many people as much as possible with information, credible information that will change their lives.

CE MAGAZINE:

Challenges on the job?

Moji Makanjuola:

 Yes, I have challenges every day. Meeting deadlines is one of them because the limitations in terms of equipments you have to deal with and until recently, health news had no place in terms of priority. Again, interviews can be very difficult, even sometimes, doctors play gods; they believe that they know it all better than anyone else. In all, we’ve been able to balance it up. I no longer look at these challenges as insurmountable because I am always determined to get over them. In the process, some people call me bulldozer.

Solutions to youth employment? Apart from government, the private sector needs to do something, I think our educational syllabus should be one that gives you a vocation. Every youth should aspire to explore his or her inner potentials to attain greatness.

Interview by Obinna chukwuezie

AMAZING AMERICAN

 

Creating jobs for women living with HIV/AIDS

A poverty stricken woman living with HIV/AIDS receive free medicine from Mashiah Foundation clinic; however one thing was still disturbing her, she met Pastor Bayo Oyebade and pleaded, “the doctor told me I have to take this medicine with food but there is no food in my house”. Filled with compassion, Bayo reached in his pocket and gave her a few hundred Nairas. Eventually his pocket got empty. So Bayo thought  there must be a way to help these women earn money to take care of themselves. After all, many of them were strong and very capable of earning a living, if only they have skills and opportunity. bayo have seen his wife Mary Beth sewing quilts and various things which he had not seen in Nigeria, so he asked her to teach these women how to do these things. That is how it all began. Today women of hope is widely known, and the women have testified that earning money through creating handcrafts has giving tem strength and purpose to o on living.

How long have you been on ground?

We started in 2003 8-10 women and we have grown to about 100 women. These women are healthy enough to work only that most of them are not educated, not even primary education. Due to their literacy level, nobody will employ them, apart from sweeping the streets and laundry. So, they love coming here. They are happy and they have become some kind of experts in their field.

Eligibity for your programme?

Te only way you can enroll into the programme is through mashiah foundation’s clinic. It has to established that you are living with HIV/AIDS. The only set of people we accept into the programme are HIV/AIDS infected women and their adult daughters. For six years we have not deviated from that path. We have had request from men. I’m just not the one to do it. Many people are anxious to enter the programme.

What is the content of the programme?

We teach them how to make so many things which are sold in Nigeria and abroad. basically we market home furnishings. If we truly want to be Sustainable, we really need to have our Nigerian market in place. We make bed covers, curtains, dining covers and other stuff to make homes beautiful. Our raw materials are locally source from here.

After the training, what next?

We have had 3 graduations, but the graduates really don’t want to leave. I don’t work too hard to push them out because there isn’t really a market for these women to go and make these things in their neighbourhood and sell them. So I am working further on the women to make sure they are able to o these things for Nigerians to buy and use for their homes. This will make them self sustainable.

Impact?

We have almost 0% death in this programme . it’s pretty amazing, considering everyone has HIV. They are taking their drugs, and working, and it takes their minds away from their sickness as it allow them to put food on their tables. Many of their problems are solved.  Removing the mental aspect of HIV helps a lot.  If you are paid N10,000.00 a month, it’s not a great salary, but it is enough to keep you going— you feel like a productive person in the family, and even the fact that they go out in the morning with some of their best clothes and come to work is something. So all these go a long way to contribute to the success of these project.

How do your project find expression in the market?

We have a shop right here were we sell our products. We are really working hard to get a shop downtown which will be more accessible. We believe we have great products to reach a very wide customer base in Nigeria.

Funding?

The programme fund itself, right now for the past 3-4 years, from our monthly sales, we are able to pay our staff, about 11 of them, and we are able to do our best, buy various things to keep the organization going.

Challenges?

Our space is quite small here, so these women have to come once a week, and you know when you are learning, you will like to come more often, instead of every Tuesday for example. We are working and hoping of building a new sewing center by ending of 2010 so we can have more space to work. Another challenge is figuring out what kind of product to sell in the market—what do people want? what do they need? If we keep producing what we have been producing in the last 6 years, it will reduce our customer base. So we need new product that people need. With that in place, there will be no limit to the number of women we can train here. Ideally I will like to graduate women after a year so we can bring in new people. We are looking at graduating 500 women in the next 5 years.

The beneficiaries:

Esther David, a 39yr old widow and a mother of 4 kids, living with HIV. She learned about her status when her fourth child was born, her husband died a month later, she lost all hope of living. She  enrolled in the programme in 2003 through a friend. Now her baby is 7 and in school, through this programme she was able to acquire a plot of land and laid the foundation for her house, she is so healthy and happy that she can take care of her children. She is currently working on tie and dye.

Grace Iliya is also a widow and a mother of one, before she enroll for the programme,  she thought she had come to the end of the world, she was not in good terms with her family members because of her HIV status. Through this programme she rented an apartment and is happy now as she can take care of herself from her salary and has reconciled with her family.

Would you marry an unemployed man?


Most ladies want husbands, however not every potential husband seems to appeal to most spinsters. CE wants to find out what ladies out there feel about the idea of getting married to an unemployed man.