How the pandemic has changed Onyinye Onye Ndimele’s daily business


The corona virus is really affecting my business, because for weeks now, I have been indoor with my family. I cannot follow-up in the places I had gone before the lock-down to advertise my business and various appointments I made have been suspended because of the pandemic.

Onyinye Onye Ndimele, a Solar Sister Entrepreneur in Awka, Nigeria is no stranger to hard work and multitasking. She is a high school teacher and also sells toiletries like coconut oil and shea butter for extra income. When she learned of the opportunity to become a Solar Sister she added solar lights and clean cookstoves to her business line.

A true entrepreneur, she was able to earn enough money to meet her family’s needs and even begin to accumulate some savings. But since the schools have been closed due to the pandemic, she has lost her teacher’s salary as well as the ability to market the toiletries and solar products.

Solar Sister is supporting its entrepreneurs, including Onyinye, reaching them by phone and informing them about the measures needed to protect themselves and limit the loss in their business. “Thank God for my Solar Sister business that has been sustaining me and my family during this period. Although I have not really been making sales this period, my savings from the business are what is sustaining me and my family now.



This impact story was created in collaboration with our partner, Solar Sister.