EU Visits Maida Stove Entrepreneurs

The European Commission,  funders of the Maida  project (EU Support to Response to Response, Recovery and Resilience in Borno State), visited  stove entrepreneurs  trained by the project in Zabamarri and Gongulong, Jere

The European Commission,  funders of the Maida project (EU Support to Response to Response, Recovery, and Resilience in Borno State), visited stove entrepreneurs trained by the project in Zabamarri and Gongulong, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State. ICEED had trained 39 (24 in Gonguong and 15 in Zabamarri) entrepreneurs in the Local government in stove production, stove business development, formed them into cooperatives and facilitated their registration with the State government as cooperative associations.

Mr. Omole interacting with stove entrepreneurs in Zabamari
Zabamarri stove entrepreneurs explaining their production activities.

The EU representative, Mr. Temitayo Omole,  interacted with the stove entrepreneurs on current challenges they face in the stove business, and possible suggestions for innovations to boost their trade. While Zabamarri stove entrepreneurs have positioned to tap into the budding stove market in the North East, the Gongulong stove entrepreneurs revealed to the EU representative that they have received Five Million Naira (N5,000.000) cash inflow from stove production, since after the training. They informed him that the income has improved their livelihood in ways such as sending their children to school,  providing adequate meals for the family, and cushioning the emotional effect of lack. The EU representative expressed satisfaction on the impact so far, and urged them to get more committed.

Representative of the Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Ressettlemnent (MRRR) looking at the Certificate of Registration for Zabammari Stove Producers Association.
ICEED Stove Program Officer, Haruna explains the stove module produced by Zabammari stove entrepreneurs to the EU representative.
Mallam Bukar, Vice Chairman of Gongulong Stove Producers Association, explains the stove firing process to the EU representative.
The EU representative inspects the cheque book of Gongulong Stove Producers Association to ascertain the veracity of their claim of cash inflow.
The EU representative sought to hear from the women stove entrepreneurs to confirm they are carried along, in the running of Gongulong Stove Producers Association.