Nigeria is often a country that creates news because of its vast oil fields. There have been countless negative effects from being one of the world’s largest oil producers. Few Nigerians actually reap the benefits from being such an oil rich country while limitless violence and corruption haunts the Niger delta.
Last year I met Brittany Atchison in Rwanda. After our human rights delegation in Kigali, she was going to Nigeria for nine months. I knew that she was going to learn and gain immeasurable life experiences but I didn’t know what a powerful impact she would have on the north-eastern community of Jalingo.
Brittany and her Nigerian counterparts, Hannatu Robinson and Yusuf Jatutu, with the assistance of a 20 year partnership between the Iowa United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church of Nigeria, started EmpowHER – a microfinance initiative that supports women to start their own businesses.
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