Mai Bunu Mustapha was once a beans trader who had about 40 apprentices under his supervision. He had big clients in Lagos and other parts of the country.
The 60-year-old Bolori resident is one of the recipients of food items under the WFP funded food security intervention. He says his standard of living has greatly improved since the intervention of Christian Aid.
“My clients were very active, purchasing tonnes of beans frequently. I could afford anything I wanted. I had a car and a comfortable home. The poor security situation in Borno is the reason behind the winding up of my business.
Our farmlands were not safe anymore and life became unbearable. I could barely provide for my family. I have ten children, including my wife and I, making us 12.
We were in a terrible state but all that changed when Christian Aid came here. They brought us aid and restored our laughter.
They have done well for us. We have received rice, beans, vegetable oil, salt and corn soya blend. The corn soya blend was new to us. We even gave it a local name – Garriposo. We were sceptical about it in the beginning but now, it is one of our favourite food items because of its high nutritional value for children.
My life has improved tremendously. Not only me but that of my children and the Bolori community. We are all happy.
I am grateful to Christian Aid, they have indeed improved our food security”
Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with the United Nations and bilateral donors to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. An ongoing CA Nigeria humanitarian response programme funded by the World Food Programme (WFP) has reached more than 200,000 people affected by the continued conflict in Borno State – Nigeria. Food Security and Nutrition are the response areas which targeted the most vulnerable persons among the affected population.
For more information, contact: David Habba (DHabba(at)christian-aid.org).