Women cannot on the most part end the current depression sweeping the country. As family income is reduced and sometimes jobs are lost, or the markets are not performing as they used to, it becomes necessary for women and mothers to start to think outside the box, to keep the family afloat at this times.
We sold drinks, small snacks (made by my mom with assistance from the help), biscuits, toiletries and some small sized provisions. Over the years the store grew so big, because my mother tied the lady's salary to the success of the store, which also included bonuses and promotions.
This motivated the lady to work harder and put in a lot of efforts into the success of the store. It's been almost 30 years and that little garage is now a small department store in one of the suburbs in Lagos.
For the most part of the day when kids are in school, parents are at work, if your maid doesn't go to traditional school you could make this time a rewarding period for both the family and the maid, by enrolling her in a skills development program.
In reality some of these maids may have little or no interest in these type of developments. In such a situation, you may have to consider whether she could work part time at a friends place to earn a portion of her salary while staying and working at your end. This option is a little tricky and needs a lot of thoughts and input from you the help and the friend.