Women in Nigeria account for 40% of entrepreneurs, however, their activities are largely constrained to the informal sector where they face challenges that make it difficult for them to earn decent money and for them to grow their businesses.

Some of the challenges women-owned businesses face include limited access to credit facilities, lack of digital skills, and knowledge of the marketplace pricing systems.

To address some of these challenges non-governmental organizations in collaboration with government agencies have come up with different initiatives to support women-owned businesses in Nigeria.

One of such initiatives is the ‘Araha’ Farmers Market, jointly organized by The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI).

The ‘Araha’ Farmers Market is aimed at boosting the income of rural farmers especially women by bringing them in direct contact with their customers without the influence of the middlemen.

The organizers of the farmers market, on Friday 19th March 2020, held a round table discussion with the Ministerial Technical Committee on private initiatives and the Minster of Women Affairs and Rural Development, Dame Paulen Talen at the Ministry of Women Affairs, Abuja.

The round table was an opportunity for the committee and organizers of the ‘Araha’ Farmers Market to update the Minister on the progress made so far.

At the round table, the minister commended the organizers of the ‘Araha’ Farmers Market for their efforts towards uplifting rural female farmers and pledged to continue supporting the initiative.

The Director-General Abuja Chamber of commerce, Victoria Akai, said the farmers market would help women farmers to upscale their businesses by providing them with a ready market for them to sell their products.

Mrs. Esther Mishelia, Convener, Women Arise Development & Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI)

Mrs. Esther Mishelia, Convener, Women Arise Development & Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI) said ‘Araha’ Farmers Market would provide access to new markets to the farmers and a virtual trading platform for female entrepreneurs to sell their products so that they don’t have to worry about the logistics and costs of bringing their products to the physical market.

The ‘Araha’ Farmers Market holds once every month.

Story: Ihuoma Ukeje


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