Meet Iyabo, a F$lani Business Women

Posted: December 6, 2014 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe, Egbe Nigeria, Miles In Missions, Patrice Miles, People of Egbe, Prayer

Adamo in School

Meet Iyabo, a F$lani business women. Two of her daughters happened to be at a football match and met Emma, my partner with C.A.R.E. Africa. When C.A.R.E. Africa started, Emma remembered one of the girls, Adamo, We registered her in our home care program. Adamo and her family are a Yuroba F$lani family. The Father has many wives and is in the bush with the cows. He rarely visits. When he does come home there is no support given to the family. With 5 children to take care of, Iyabo, like many abandoned mothers, is struggling.

Picture Inventory Spreadsheet

Picture Inventory Spreadsheet

Iyabo has a store, but it doesn’t provide the income to sustain her family. We wanted to help her but in a way that would not hurt her later. We wanted something sustainable. We sat down and talked about what product she is selling and what product she is not. We quickly analyzed her business and found there were several items she wasn’t making any money on. There was also many that she was making great money on. We got rid of the non money making product and focused on what was moving . The next step was to teach her how to keep inventory and track expenses and income.

Emma explaining how to use the spreadsheet.

Emma explaining how to use the spreadsheet.

This was a lot harder as she does not know how to read. We came up with an inventory in an excel spreadsheet with pictures. Once we showed her the chart and how to use it, she was very excited and said no problem. We will be starting week one with her on Monday. I am so excited to see what happens. I am sure that we will find product she said moves doesn’t. There will probably be mistakes in the inventory count, but we will tweak it every week until we find out what works and what doesn’t. I never thought I would be teaching business in Africa but God did. He prepared me through running my husbands construction business and my own real estate business. Now I get to use those skills to watch his kingdom grow.

Iyabo and her store.

Iyabo and her store.

Please pray for Iyabo and her family to come to know Christ. Pray for God’s wisdom with C.A.R.E. Africa on how to help the people of Egbe, Nigeria.

  1. Bert Oubre says:

    Well done! Bert

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. says:

    AOL had a problem connecting to your blog this morning. It’s probably on my end, but wanted to let you know in case others have the same problem.

    I like to see stories like this one, changing their future one step at a time.


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  3. azteccf says:

    This so very beautiful. Jesus love seen thru and thru. I think He said, … Love your neighbor as yourself. Kind of reminds me of some Acts churches I read about! Press on Patrice and Emma!

  4. lia says:

    this is fantastic !! from the lovely Iyabo in purple to your beautiful spreadsheet and biz skills !! love how God uses the right combo of people, journeys, skills etc – – !!! most of all, your heart for Jesus shining – love you

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