Thursday, November 9, 2017

The life of an African Village Woman: the story of Laraba




Meet Laraba.


Laraba lives with her 4 beautiful children in rural Northern Nigeria. Before Ripples, Laraba worried every night, unsure if she would be able to feed her children. All the villagers like Laraba are poor subsistence farmers, whose children do not go to school. With no other opportunity many young boys in the village have already disappeared. No one hears from them again. Many of those will never go home again. They have joined Boko Haram in search for something better. Laraba is petrified that her children will soon follow suit. As a widow this fear feels worse than losing her husband. Laraba had no one to turn to.


Laraba is not the only woman in Kano who goes to sleep and wakes up with these questions. Many live on N 100 ($0.7) a day, suffering hunger and poverty. They cannot pay for their children’s education, which deprives them of a chance to strive for something better. 60 - 70% of Nigeria’s population is in some way involved in farming. Most of them are subsistence farmers, who farm for survival, while not much is generated for trade.  90% of this agricultural production is rain-fed. There is however only one raining season a year. After the annual harvest the families are completely dependent on women to generate an income.


Will Laraba and the other women be able to feed her children and protect her children from Boko Haram?  

To be continued..
Ripples Foundation Web Developer

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