THE VENDOR PROJECT is a free-to-join group that offers Nigeria's low- (or no-) income females the chance to become part-time distributors of Bank & Entrepreneur Africa magazine.
They earn a really healthy commission (50%
of the publication's cover price) so that they quickly become financially independent.
This program is designed to help the ladies become productive members of society, and work towards a personal goal: education, family welfare, healthcare, or day-to-day living.
We feel we are nurturing a unique crop of women entrepreneurs. And giving them some dignity.
Our lady vendors serve the public from the safe premises of our partners, Prince Ebeano supermarkets, across Lagos Island:
Lekki Peninsula Phase 1
Oniru, Victoria Island
Chinyere Okafor is our lead Lady Vendor. She's a married mother of one who runs a petty trade business.
Signing up for the Vendor Project has become her mainstay.
She says: "What I earn from selling just one magazine, I would have to sell 40 bottles of any soft drink"
Chinyere is dedicated, and she makes her family - and us - very proud.
In May 2018, she started an adult literacy class (learning to read and write) - and will subsequently begin work as one of the CEO's Assistants, while still doing stints as a Lady Vendor, and training new recruits.