I live in Abuja the capital city of Nigeria. By the time I was 24, I had graduated from college and completed my compulsory national youth service. I had hoped that completion, I would be retained at a real estate firm where I had previously worked this did not work out as hoped.

I had spent many weeks visiting placement firms that promised to help with job placements for recent graduates without success. On one hot afternoon as I walked through the central business district past the central mosque, I saw a kiosk labelled “Neighbourhood Banker.” Wondering what that could be I started a conversation with Abdullahi the young man in the kiosk. Fondly called Abdul by his team, he took the time to explain the concept of the “Neighbourhood Banker” and how it had benefited him.

it was simple!

One simply needed to be sponsored by a registered Tingg Partner who has the financial capability and is looking to grow his or her income but does not have the time to run many more business. To solve this, the Tingg Partner would invest in the Neighbourhood Banks and in turn creates jobs for young people. What was interesting to me about this was that by creating jobs, the Neighborhood Banking Scheme improves the financial landscape by making it easy for communities to access banking services and solutions- thus easing the resident’s lives.

It sounded like an opportunity not to pass up. Abdul introduced me to his sponsor who took me through the vetting process and soon I became an NBS Banker in the Gwarimpa area of FCT. I am so happy that now I have a source of livelihood that allows me to live comfortably as well as enables me to help other young people to  nd Tingg partners in their states, get jobs and be financially stable.

Emmanuel – NBS Banker in the Gwarimpa area of FCT