How VSLA is changing lives in Local Communities

Mrs. Batai Joshua, 38 years old married woman of Marafan Ribah Community was motivated by Village Savings Loan Association to start a business. She said  “I was ashamed of buying one-one single share every week while others bought  3 – 5 shares in a week, I felt disappointed in the group, I pick up the challenge to start business in other to be the same with others. I was not trained on any business but as a woman fraying Akara is the best option for me. I ask for loan and I was given like a jokes I started the business with one Mudu of beans, I didn’t sell the market for the 1st day but am not discourage because I have a target to achieve which is to increase my weekly saving. As time goes on I establish customers, now my weekly savings has increase from one single share to 5 shares and that was my aims.”

Mrs. Batai said after we did share out I was able to save 40,000  which was used to buy one bag of beans, one galloon of G/nut oil and fire wood to boost my business . Now she helped her family with her business. She can’t but appreciate European Union, OXFAM and Development Exchange Center for bringing the project to her community.

With joy filled in her, she said, “to be honest, I will never leave VSLA because it has made me to be what I am today, I have opportunity to buy all the things I need in my business without  taking credit from any one. If I need credit to put into my business I will go to my VSLA and take it.


The story of Mrs Batai is similar to that of many women in Kebbi and Adamawa state where PROACT is changing the narratives of village women and improving their standard of living.

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