WIDOW TURNED HOODLUM QUEEN TRANSFORMS INTO ENTREPRENEUR THROUGH THE HELP OF KINABUTI FASHION INITIATIVE

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WIDOW TURNED HOODLUM QUEEN TRANSFORMS INTO ENTREPRENEUR THROUGH THE HELP OF KINABUTI FASHION INITIATIVE

Oluwafunmilayo (Funmi for short) Adonis was driven into a hard life, not by choice but by loss.Speaking in her native language Yoruba, Funmi shared with us the story of her life. It all began the week that death hit her twice, taking both her father and husband. In a society where men are the income earners and providers, she was left without anyone to take care of her.

Compelled by the hardship she experienced afterwards, she moved to Lagos hoping life would be better. But Lagos did not offer the succor she hoped for. Soon, she found “John Bull”, a notorious drug lord and the king of addicts. She became a ‘wife’ to the kingpin and birthed three children for him but none survived.

Within that dysfunctional setting, Funmi adapted to the lifestyle around her and became one of them. She lived on the streets and returned home very late at night. It was a life that was going nowhere.

It was in this place that she heard about the empowerment program organized by KFI and EHRAAI from her friend. She was not interested. She preferred to continue her hustle which was now familiar to her. But the friend who told her about the program refused to give up and she prodded Funmi on.

Finally, she gave in but was disappointed to learn that the tailoring class which she was interested in was full. Eventually, she joined the home product class. She recounts that they told her it was a tough class but she got interested and her interest made her committed to her learning process.

She beams with pride as she talks about how her business is now helping her to earn honest money. “Now, I can make 4000 to 5000 naira daily.” Funmi is proud to become an income earner without being dependent on any man. Her future is assured because she has a skill and a market.

Kinabuti Fashion Initiative (KFI) and Equal Health and Rights Access Advocacy Initiative (EHRAAI) in Nigeria work in collaboration with Time for Africa in Italy and receive funding from Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy. This year alone, hundreds of women and youth have acquired skills and are taking control of their lives through the work of these organizations.

We trust that as Funmi grows in her business and life, she will be able to assist others and point them to better ways of living life.