Women in northern Nigeria are often secluded or excluded from actively participating and influencing the market space as a result of the socio-cultural norms of the region, despite already being productively engaged in activities around agriculture and trade. At Propcom Mai-karfi, we are specifically designing interventions which ensure that more women are impacted, as well working to integrate them into markets which have been previously dominated by men. Our tiller programme is enabling women’s groups to purchase tillers and repay over a one year period, and our shea intervention is building the capacities of women shea nut pickers on processing of quality shea kernels and linking them up to a buyer for these. Propcom Mai-karfi is working on a number of other innovative interventions which target women. By 2018, we hope to have increased the incomes of over 250,000 women living in northern Nigeria.
Happy International Women’s Day to women everywhere, and to everyone who has pledged for parity!!!