Single mom saves up NYSC allowance to begin foodstuffs business

27-year-old single mom of two recounts how friends called her stingy for saving her NYSC allowance as she opens a foodstuffs business.

The ex corper known as Gladys Adija revealed, in an interview with PUNCH, that she had served in Plateau state were she was did her best to save her NYSC allowance.

Single mom save NYSC allowance foodstuffs business
Ex corper.

According to her, she had lodged with a friend who stayed close to her place of primary assignment, and did the best to cut down on unnecessary expenses.

She noted that she saved N320K from her NYSC allowance, despite spending only N8K from it every month.

Her interview with the media outlet went …

“During my stay in Plateau, I had the privilege of staying with a long-time acquaintance who resided near my primary assignment location. She happened to be working at a nearby establishment, which made it convenient for both of us. I approached her with the request to lodge at her place temporarily, and she graciously agreed to accommodate me,” Gladys said.

Single mom save NYSC allowance foodstuffs business How was your experience with the NYSC scheme?

“By the end of my service year, I was able to save around N320,000. Despite only spending N8,000 of my monthly allowance and saving the rest, I still struggled to meet my friend’s standards of living. To make ends meet, I took on cleaning and washing jobs, as well as tutoring children for extra income. Though my friends mocked me for my frugal lifestyle at the time, I am grateful for where I am today. Nevertheless, while I was serving, my child was in the care of my parents. Therefore, my NYSC experience was not a pleasant one, which is why I always advise women to avoid engaging in premarital sex.”

How did your friend react when you were unable to meet her standards?

At the end of each month, my mother would send me food supplies to sustain us. Additionally, I managed to have some income through a part-time job I held, the proceeds of which I used to purchase essential household items. I did my best to contribute within my means, while also ensuring my friend’s needs were met. However, as I began to realise that I was unable to participate in certain activities that required significant expenditures to save up, I started refraining from social gatherings. Whenever I received invitations to hang out, I would politely decline, stating that I had commitments such as attending Bible study or being preoccupied with other responsibilities. Consequently, I earned the nickname ‘stingy coco’ from some individuals who were unaware of my financial constraints, because most of them didn’t know that I was not stingy and that I was going with my plans.

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