A new group of vocational training ladies at Katuuso!

Florence, Max, Flavia and Juliet during their first week of vocational training (our fifth member, Phionah, was absent on the day the photo was taken).

Florence, Max, Flavia and Juliet during their first week of vocational training
(our fifth member, Phionah, was absent on the day the photo was taken).

We recently started our second vocational training program with five new ladies coming to learn the tailoring trade with our Kumi team in Katuuso. Our Head Tailor Winnie and three of our experienced Kumi tailors - Rose, Nalongo and Grace - will teach the course. Over the next five weeks the ladies will learn new skills including garment construction, accessories and product costing and sales. When finished the ladies will receive a certificate of completion and help to find employment within the local community or beyond. 

Unemployment levels are high in Katuuso village; subsistence farming is the main form of work for the majority of the community. There's a common theme when we talked to the new vocational training women (and most women in the Katuuso area); all of the ladies dropped out of school at primary level because their families couldn't afford to pay the fees. Each of them see this training as an opportunity to get a reliable income in the future so their own children and siblings can stay in school. 

When we notified the community of the second intake of vocational training, we were overwhelmed by the amount of women who wanted to be a part of it. We are thrilled to be able to train yet another five women in the coming weeks. We'll keep you posted on their progress!

Thanks again to all those who made donations which allowed us to purchase more sewing machines for the training - without you this wouldn't have been possible!

We're honored to introduce you to these lovely ladies in our Q & A below...

Meet Nokikomeko Juliet
Age: 14
What were you doing before joining the program? I was attending school but had to drop out in primary 7 because we couldn't pay fees.
Why did you join the program? To learn how to be a tailor.
What are your hopes after you finish? I am taking this opportunity with the hope to start my own business.

Meet Nalukenge Max
Age: 20
What were you doing before joining the program? Nothing, I dropped out of school in primary 7.
Why did you join the program? To learn how to be a tailor.
What are your hopes after you finish? I want to start my own business as a tailor.

Meet Namugga Flavia
Age: 17
What were you doing before joining the program? I was at school but could not pay my fees anymore so I dropped out.
Why did you join the program? To learn how to sew and I want to be able to support my siblings so they can go to school.
What are your hopes after you finish? I want to get work and experience so I can start my own business.

Meet Nakabugo Florence
Age: 17
What were you doing before you joined the program? I was working as a house cleaner.
Why did you join the program? To learn how to sew.
What are your hopes after you finish? I hope to be able to work for someone and then I want to open my own business.

Meet Twikyirize Phionah
Age: 21
What were you doing before you joined the program? I was farming with my grandma after I stopped school in primary 6 because we didn't have money to pay my school fees.
Why did you join the program? I didn't grow up in a good situation so I wanted to take this opportunity to be able to help my future.
What are your hopes for the future? To get a skill and be able to work to improve myself.