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ICHSSA-3 Cash Transfer Programme (CTP) Transforms Vulnerability to Opportunity in Yobe State

By Umar Kachalla GujibaCaleb E. Odonye, Boniface Buliyock, Felicia Mairiga & Halima Nuhu Dikko

The Integrated Child Health and Social Services Award (ICHSSA-3) project, a USAID-funded initiative and led by the Society for Family Health, is a motivating force in Yobe State, Nigeria, as it strives to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs). At the heart of this life-changing project is the Cash Transfer Programme, a strategic intervention designed to uplift the most vulnerable households, particularly those with Children Living with HIV (CALHIV). Yobe State, with its unique challenges, witnessed remarkable success as 65 beneficiary households across 5 Local Government Areas (Damaturu, Fika, Fune, Nangere & Potiskum LGAs) underwent a life-changing experience.

Through a meticulous and participatory assessment process, the project identified and enrolled eligible households. These families, facing profound hardships, received a monthly cash assistance of N70,000 for three consecutive months, amounting to a total of N210,000 per household. The beneficiaries were advised on optimal allocation, with 70% earmarked for immediate needs and 30% for Income-Generating Activities (IGAs), fostering both short-term relief and long-term economic empowerment.

The project’s commitment to accountability and impact assessment was evident through its robust post-distribution monitoring (PDM). Community Case Management Workers (CCMWs) and the M&E unit visited beneficiary households, utilising an online PDM assessment tool to assess ease of access, fund utilisation and impact. The results painted a picture of positive transformation, showcasing improvements in household stability, food security, business development, and overall health outcomes.

The narratives of success from households are profound and heartening:

    • Amina Ali, a caregiver is elevating her tailoring business in the vibrant community of Damaturu LGA. As a tailor who strategically invested the cash, Amina shares, “I knew I had to change my business strategy. Doing something in high demand, requiring low start-up and with consistent customers. I am now very engaged and happy.”
    • Ali Garba of Damaturu LGA transforms his household, a testament to the power of determination, support and positive change. Ali reflects, “A place to call home is very important to us. We were able to fix our latrine and damaged walls. We now sleep well at night and live every day with even better hope.”
    • Salamatu Suleiman, a dedicated mother and caregiver now sells food in Potiskum LGA to provide for her family’s livelihood. Salamatu emphasizes, “Many of us caregivers only think about daily survival. But with this cash assistance, we can also focus on financial plans and savings for the future.”
    • Hajara Shehu, a caregiver in Potiskum LGA is Juggling school fees, animal rearing, and supporting her husband’s business. Hajara notes, “Our illness has also opened doors of opportunities for us. From despair to the chance to live better lives. We are very grateful for this.” Her children have excitedly returned to school embracing a future filled with knowledge and opportunities.


The ICHSSA-3 Cash Transfer Programme has become evident as an innovative and impactful intervention, breaking the cycle of vulnerability for families in Yobe State. The project’s dedication to inclusivity and partnership with beneficiaries is evident, as it continues to strive towards the overarching goal of achieving epidemic control in Nigeria. Each success story is a testament to the transformative power of strategic interventions and compassionate support, empowering individuals and households to overcome challenges and reach their aspirations.

 Ali Garba transforms his household in Damaturu LGA

Amina Ali elevating her Tailoring Business in Damaturu LGA
Salamatu Suleiman sells food in Potiskum LGA to support her family
Hajara Shehu’s children return to school in Potiskum LGA