She was an immigrant from Nigeria who came to the United States 12 years ago. Her husband had full control of the finances and her life. She was given a specific amount of money to buy only food for the family. He demanded receipts proving what she had spent. She was not permitted to spend money on clothing, gas, or personal needs without his permission
He measured the gas level in her car, planned the driving route she was to travel, and controlled all other aspects of her life through denying her economic freedom. He paid all of the bills. The bank accounts, credit and debit cards, car, and house were all in his name. He constantly changed PIN numbers to ensure she was always denied access to financial means.
She was married to this man for 14 years. When she was strong enough, she left the marriage and came to the Camden County Women’s Center to move forward with her life. Through becoming educated in financial literacy, she learned about financial empowerment through the Allstate Foundation. She learned about building credit, opening bank accounts, and searched for housing…
The Financial Empowerment program gave her the opportunity to work on her own, address the problems that she had, and feel stronger about the decisions she needed to make on her own behalf for the first time in 14 years. She now lives financially secure and in her own home. She is in a healthy relationship and is aware now that she does not have to rely on another person to manager her financial needs.