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Single mom saves up her NYSC allowance to begin foodstuffs business

Gladys Adija, a 27-year-old single mother of two, shared her experience of being labeled as stingy by friends after saving her NYSC allowance.

In an interview with PUNCH, she recounted serving in Plateau state and diligently saving her stipend, which she later invested in opening a foodstuffs business.

According to Gladys, she lived with a friend near her place of primary assignment and made efforts to minimize unnecessary spending.

She mentioned saving N320,000 from her NYSC allowance, even though she only used N8,000 of it each month.

During her interview she said; “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 added.

“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.”

When asked about her friend’s reaction to her inability to meet her standards, Gladys Adija described feeling unsupported and judged, particularly when her friend couldn’t understand her financial priorities and choices.

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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