My Name is Mercy Haruna Wakawa. I’m from Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria. I was born on the 25th of April, 1986. I studied Food Science and Technology B. Sc. (Hons) from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.
I’m a simple businesswoman who has taken up agriculture not just as the area of doing business but also as a way of life. I’m the CEO of Confianza Global Resources (Food Production and Processing Services) located at Number B8 State low cost Biu Borno State, Nigeria.
I have a cottage nut oil industry currently employing 2 young women and 2 young men. We have processing machines of 2 tons per day capacity that process groundnuts into groundnut oil, groundnut cake and sludge.
The Industry processes on average 0.5 tons of groundnuts per day due to inconsistency in power supply which has affected the output and the availability of the products in the market. With the current production rate, the Industry is only able to serve 20% of the local market to which there is high market demand.
But if it were able to operate at a full capacity, it would serve the local market and even a greater percentage of the state. I am looking forward to supplying the Northeastern Part of Nigeria where groundnut oil is a major commodity.
The groundnut cake is being supplied to feed mills for the production of animal feed while the sludge serves as a major raw material for reprocessing by local women. This activity serves as another source of business and livelihood.
A cross-section of the production process
Agriculture in Nigeria these days shouldn’t be considered just an old fashioned job, but as a sector that can absolutely solve the unemployment problems among youth both in the rural and urban areas and also serve as a source of wealth creation.
Therefore, the motivation behind this business is to create job opportunities for youth and also to make a profit.
This cottage nut oil industry started production in January 2016 thanks to the N2AFRICA Borno Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It has been able to produce high quality products from a natural source at an affordable price.
From the commencement of production, the business has employed 4 youth and the products (groundnut oil and cake) have been available to the local market at an affordable price. Processing the sludge has engaged 3 community women in small businesses which has also reduced the rate of unemployment among housewives in my community.
The USD $5000 grant will be used to increase the production rate of my Industry by securing a power plant (50KVA Generator) and purchasing raw materials for the first three cycles of production.
This in return will increase the number of youths employed to 6 and increase the availability of the products in the market and raw materials for the community women.
The money will be used accordingly:
Coding Machine USD 1,080
50KVA Generator USD 2,420
Packaging material USD 950
Raw material USD 550
Blogpost and picture submitted by Mercy Haruna (Nigeria) – peculiarwakawa[at]gmail.com
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