Nkem Christiana Okocha

2017 Fellowship Alumna, Nigeria

Nkem Okocha is on a Mission to Empower Low-Income Nigerian Women

2017 Fellowship Alumna Nkem Okocha founded MamaMoni, a fintech social enterprise, in the hope that she could empower rural and urban low-income women with vocational skills and mobile loans to start their own businesses.

“I left my banking job in 2013 to start a trading business and bring up my children because balancing corporate and family life was not working for me,” Nkem said. “I moved into the Amuwo Odofin community and noticed that a lot of women were unemployed or doing jobs like washing clothes that paid next to nothing.”

The situation inspired her to start MamaMoni, which began as a training and skill acquisition hub. It slowly morphed into a fintech organization. Nkem discovered the women who acquired vocational skills could not start businesses because they lacked the funds.

Learn more about Nkem’s work and MamaMoni in this article from Culture Custodian.