I always say that I give PIND credit for 80 percent of what we do. It was not just the diagnostic training we took part in; PIND has enabled us to create that structure that we need to grow a business and we are now doing it very well. As a result of working with PIND we have increased our client base and income by 40 percent. We have also built new products and new services. We now have accounting products and services and a credit scheme running. On our own, we started providing micro-credit schemes for all businesses without support from PIND, although they are providing technical support. You will find PIND on our company profile, because of the value we have been receiving, not in terms of money, but in terms of knowledge and ideas. PIND is contributing to what we do, and I think the relationship is just getting started.

Zigha Ayibakuro
MD/CEO, ZAL Limited

It has been quite interesting coming as an NGO to this initiative of giving something which you are expecting people to use as to make contribution. Our partnership with PIND is our major one, but at the community level we are working with the community development officials for their buy-in. We are also going into the schools for example to see the school authorities. All of us social entrepreneurs selling the bio-sand filter communicate with each other as well. We are very much involved and we are in constant touch with PIND. Our partnership is working because I can say I look at PIND as kind of a big brother. Not just a big brother on paper, but one that takes the small brother along.

Henry Erikowa
Coastal Marine Development Initiative

PIND carried the community along to ensure the community’s continued support of the project. They made sure that both the community and the beneficiaries know the benefit of these filters. The ministry benefits a lot from using the BSFs – the water for a lot of these communities isn’t hygienic. In using firewood to boil water, CO2 is emitted. With BSF, there is no need to boil water and it is very hygienic. Delta State Government is working to reduce the emission of CO2 in these communities, and the usage of this technology would drive it down to the barest minimum.

Olisademe Sunday
Researcher for Delta State Government Territorial Action on Climate Change (TACC)

PIND was able to bring one major thing – for the first time we had a platform where farmers are gathered outside previous existing cooperatives. PIND brought all actors together and reviewed their activities to see if they are actually making profit. PIND was able to bring people like us, real manufacturers onto the platform to have direct interaction with farmers and offer support where necessary. Grand Cereals were able to achieve market growth in the Niger Delta. The business is dominated by international brands, and for the first time we were able to challenge this because farmers were able to experience our products themselves, and now see that we can match quality and at a cheaper price. The word of mouth spread like wildfire, and we made an appreciable increase in sales, estimated at over 30%. We were so impressed that we are also concluding plans to set up a fishery academy in Delta and Rivers States to train farmers on how to carry out fish farming profitably, All this will be possible because of the partnership we started with PIND.

Tope Banjo
Grand Cereals

This past year, we grew from 14 members to over 300 members in Imo P4P across all 3 major zones, with a presence in 23 of the state’s 27 LGAs. We had a successful conflict assessment workshop, and linked up with many in partnership, including Imo State Government’s Peace Coalition, trained peace advocates, worked with the National Orientation Agency and brokered affiliations with press and Civil Defense. We also did sensitization of key actors in peace mediation, especially with regards to Eze chieftaincy struggles. What has allowed for our success is the zeal of the members. We have people who want to achieve big things. The P4P team with PIND was also of great help to us.

Dr. Sharon Ohaka
P4P Imo State

With the trainings, we can now actually tell you how many bags of feed produces a certain outcome. It has helped significantly to improve our yield. If someone was getting 500kg or 200kg before, they are getting 1.5tons of fish now. THat’s a huge difference in yield and profit.”

Peter Michael
Fish farmer in Warri

Before the demo pond, we used to want the fast-growing fingerlings, but we learned with the demo pond to change our perception. The bigger fingerlings eat the smaller ones. The demo pond taught us that when you should sort bigger and smaller fingerlings separately. This practice reduces the rate of mortality from the fish’s cannibalism. Often, you would lose over 20% of your stock, or as high as a 40 to 50% mortality rate. When we did this with 2,400 fingerlings, only 70 died. You may end up recording up to 95% survival rate. That’s a huge difference.

Mrs. Peters Ugheoke
Fish farmer in Akure

“I wouldn’t have been able to afford the land without PIND input. It is much too expensive to do on your own. There is even a processing unit, and once I farm I will simply process right here and sell.”

Bamidele Ayodele
Farmer & beneficiary, WECA-PIND in Ore

“I studied agriculture in school,” Tola Joseph told us as he made his way through his farm. The ground was uneven, and he was wearing his green overalls and black rubber boots.  “but even for me the trainings were useful. There are things I did not know, like how to grow cassava effectively and this exposure to a whole variety of cassava. These things make a difference in improving how much money you make from your yield.”

Olayele Olutola Joseph
Farmer & beneficiary, WECA-PIND in Ore
I am a member of the Bayelsa P4P Prevent team. When we get information, we act on it to prevent conflict but where conflict has already come to a stage we still intervene. Depending on the level of the conflict we partner with law enforcement agencies in the state. We do our work at the state level and community level. Even with all these challenges, P4P has done a lot for my community. It was the training I got from P4P that I brought down to the council meeting and did a step-down training for my other chiefs, and they all have embraced it. The level of conflict among the youth in my community has reduced. The consciousness and the need for them to embrace peace is heightened and they are applying the methods I taught them. Today, when I go for meetings with my other chiefs they say ‘Peace has come’!
Chief Kikile 1 of Yenagoa
Bayelsa State
I was in charge of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)/demo project that we just completed a few weeks ago. CIEPD is a conflict resolution organization, so what we did with the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project was to ensure that conflict does not arise from all the projects that are being implemented. PIND helped to bring coordination to the entire program, as well as quality control. The Foundation was also able to work with the NGOs in areas where they had issues and helped to manage relationships. to bring into our work from PIND, like the ‘Do No Harm’ concept. We will be using that tool going forward.
Niyi Lawal
Director / CIEPD

We have learned the importance of a master-plan for our local government, that there is a need to generate revenue for the local government apart from the allocation that has given to us. We also learned to pay attention to things we’ve not previously paid attention to through community engagement and capturing them with service delivery. We also learned modern accounting. We didn’t really have interaction with local NGOs before this program, but we worked with them for the program.

Braide Igonibo
Akuku Toru LGA

We have existed as a group for the past 6 years before we came in contact with PIND, but we’ve not had this kind of opportunity before now. PIND connected us to new varieties, and you can see our farms now! With the contacts to the input companies from PIND, the fertilizer gets to us on time and the herbicides too. The price is also cheaper than before. They also taught us to improve our farming in tomato, cucumber, and watermelon. We learned that we cannot rely on only one produce. We are very grateful to PIND.

We have existed as a group for the past 6 years before we came in contact with PIND, but we’ve not had this kind of opportunity before now. PIND connected us to new varieties, and you can see our farms now! With the contacts to the input companies from PIND, the fertilizer gets to us on time and the herbicides too. The price is also cheaper than before. They also taught us to improve our farming in tomato, cucumber, and watermelon. We learned that we cannot rely on only one produce. We are very grateful to PIND.

Patrick Masha
Farmer

I am Felix Omoregbe. I started working with oil palm in 1987. The technology required to harvest oil palm was always an issue, as well as power. I heard about the mechanical harvester dealer from Malaysia, but the cost to courier the equipment from Malaysia to Nigeria was about half a Million Naira. For a young farmer, where would that money come from? That’s when I heard about PIND’s work with NIFOR and promoting mechanical harvesters here in Edo State. I arranged to get one of the mechanical harvesters and put it to use, and it worked well. With the SSPE we can now do things faster.

Felix Omoregbe
Farmer

Early last year, I came in contact with an organisation which had partnered with NDLink and I learned about NDlink from them. We registered with NDLink and have seen many benefits. For instance, from being on the platform we have been approached by individuals and organizations just because they’ve seen what we do. We have also gotten capacity building opportunities through NDLink. Through the AKVO training, we learned how to report our impact, which is key when giving your reports. As a result, we have attracted donors since last year, and we get good responses from them.

Oluebube
MIND

I’ve been a farmer now for six years. It was not until after PIND’s demonstration pond project that we realized we were not farming the right way. Between the first demonstration I did in 2014 and now, I’ve done five or six harvests, and I’ve seen the impact of these better practices on my profit margin. I want to buy my own land and train as many people as I can train to empower them. That is my dream.

Friday Diyen
Farmer

All in government see PIND as collaborative… PIND is absolutely trusted in government… They are not hoping to get something out of it. Just giving good advice.

Spokesperson
Federal Ministry of Agriculture

PIND is the best thing to happen to the Niger Delta region … They have been successful in their interventions. They have been linking people together.

Hon. Remy Chukwunyere
Imo State Directorate of Employment

We have increased our clients and our outputs. My clients are very happy and have provided me with referrals. We have been able to better market our services and demonstrate our value. I am better able to articulate my organization’s business value and what I bring to the table.

DDI Consulting

The first time (lending) with UUFFA was like tilling soil – hard work. The second time it was easier, we all have to learn. The vision for us is to have an impact on the farmers, do business with farmers, and especially work with those who are really serious about farm business.

LAPO
Lift Above Poverty (LAPO) Microfinance Institution

CCIDESOR is a social development platform established to galvanize citizens’ voices towards the promotion of good governance in Nigeria, particularly in the south east and especially in Imo state. We do that by promoting knowledge-based advocacy for critical sectors like education and health. SACE has provided a lot of support especially in the area of capacity building, they have helped curb our more radical tendencies and helped us to be focused and more strategic. Before we used to say ‘government you must do this,’ but now we have a very subtle way of taking this huge data and communicating in a way that makes more sense and makes people begin to listen.

Emeka Ononamadu
CCIDESOR