“I am a single mother of three children and the thought of how I was going to raise them, school them and ensure they have their basic needs was something that tormented me for a long time. Although my parents allowed me to build my house in their compound and stay with my children, they made it clear that they will not take the responsibility of raising them. I used to till people’s farms, collect water and firewood to get some money for our upkeep. While part of the money was for food and other needs, I would ensure in a week I purchase a chicken to rear. This went on for long until I started selling eggs and chicken to the nearby market. I invested the money I got in sheep and goats with the aim of selling them in future when need arises.
In 2017, I learnt about Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika and decided to join the tailoring program. My mother agreed to look after my children. Since I had no money, I decided to sell my sheep and goats and enrolled for the tailoring program. During holidays I would collect firewood and water to make some money and increase my chickens to ensure constant supply of eggs which my mother would sell to feed my children. In 2018, I approached my parents and asked them to support me so that I sit for the National Industrial Training Authority exams. Surprisingly, they agreed and I sat for those exams which I passed and got a grade III Certificate in dress making.
I am proud of myself because I managed to pay for my two years training fee myself and completed my tailoring course. All my three children are now in school and I am still continuing with my poultry project. I have even improved a lot through the poultry trainings I received at the center especially on poultry housing, feeding and vaccination. I still rely on this project because I have not started my own sewing business. Currently I am back at jitokeze despite having completed my training. I have been contracted to sew different products through which I earn some commission. I am positive that soon I will earn myself a sewing machine from the commission I make and start my own sewing business back in my village.”