Amina wants her six children to be able to eat meat on a regular basis.

The 42-year-old woman from Niamey in West Niger has a small business selling fish and balances it with raising her children, who range in age from 18 to two.

Amina in her village

Amina in her village

“I am the main breadwinner for the household,” she said. “We are not wealthy but we are grateful to God. My problem is that when my business does not run very well, making ends meet is very difficult.”

Amina and her family live in a hut made of straw. The toilet is outside and they have no access to electricity. Each day, water must be collected from the community borehole. Two of her children go to school, but there is not much equipment for them to use.

When necessary they go to a small community health centre, but medication can be expensive.

“Food is also very expensive. We cannot afford meat very often. As young people, my children need to eat meat regularly to get sufficient protein for normal growth. The lack of meat affects my children’s health.

“Eid Al Adha is a blessed day. It’s an occasion for Muslims to forgive each other. During this day, people slaughter animals for Qurbani, fry them and share meats with people who need them.”

Last year, Islamic Relief’s team in Niger distributed Qurbani food packs to more than 33,000 families. Amina and her six children were among the 166,000 people in Niger who celebrated Eid Al Adha with Islamic Relief.

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