Eighty-year-old Kaka Fati Buram is one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and a victim of Boko Haram insurgency displaced from Limanti in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State who is now living in Maiduguri.
However, despite her age, Kaka is not sitting idle or depending on anyone to make a living.
Kaka Fati, who is also a widow, told Kanem Trust that she ventured into local processing of groundnut to make oil and other end products like snacks popular known as Kulikuli and sell to consumers at the Baga Road Market.
“I learnt how to process groundnut when I was young but I dumped the business because my late husband was a farmer so I concentrated on farming activities. I returned to the business when I became an IDP in Maiduguri.
“I buy three or four measures of groundnuts and process the product locally at home almost on a weekly basis and bring it to the market to sell. Every day I make not less than N2,500.”
The octogenarian explained that she uses her vessel to crush the groundnut until she extracts the oil and fries the cake into a snack.
“I make a fortune from this trade because I feed myself and settle other pressing needs from the proceed and equally support my granddaughter.
“I make between N400 to N600 profit every day. I thank Almighty Allah for sparing my life and giving me the strength to strive for myself at this age.
She recalled how she was forced to move from her village to Maiduguri by the insurgents after an attack.
“I am happy doing this business because it keeps me busy. I do not wait for anyone to support me and I am healthy.
“I am 80 years old and despite my age, I believe that whatever you earn from your personal hustle is better than what someone will give you,” Kaka Fati added.
The grandmother said she would, however, welcome assistance from either the government or nongovernmental organisations adding that she was ready to teach the young ones the trade.