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Wakiso women, youth get skills to improve their livelihood

By Violet Nabatanzi

Added 9th April 2019 12:00 AM

The women and the youth were trained by officials from Kazozah, an organisation which brings together women who can earn a living from what they make.

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Youth learning how to make shoes. PHOTO: Violet Nabatanzi

The women and the youth were trained by officials from Kazozah, an organisation which brings together women who can earn a living from what they make.

 
A group of disadvantaged women and youth in Wakiso district have attained skills in making bags, paper bags and shoes that will help them improve their livelihood.
 
The women and the youth were trained by officials from Kazozah, an organisation which brings together women who can earn a living from what they make.
 
Majority of the women trained were widows, while the youths were school dropouts.
 
Speaking to New Vision, the beneficiaries said the training comes at the right time since many of them were facing a challenge of educating their children due to lack of school fees, and in addition, they were finding difficulties in looking after their families.
 
"Now that I have attained skills in making bags, shoes, and paper bags, I will make sure that I save some money and start a business," Mary Namuli, a 48-year-old woman who was abandoned by her husband said.
 

 Youth learning how to make shoes. PHOTO: Violet Nabatanzi

Oliver Nakito, another beneficiary said, after getting free business skills, she will go for a loan and get sh300,000 and buy materials for making shoes, adding that her life will never be the same.
 
The project coordinator, Annet Masika said they also trained women in saving and business skills saying that this will help them once they start up their own businesses.
 
She said the organisation aims at providing an environment that encourages artisans to aspire to become skilled craftsmen, reach their full potential through skills development, hard work and determination, and then thrive as self-sufficient income-earners.
 
"We empower communities to start sustainable businesses that will allow them to live a meaningful and independent life by connecting them locally and internationally. Whenever possible, we locally source materials, recycle and create products that serve different purposes.
 
We are constantly growing, reaching more communities, touching more lives and would love you to be part of our journey," she said.
 
The Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Ange Muyubira, a Burundian national said the organisation started in 2017 in Uganda, and currently, they have trained more than 1,000 artisans in the country.

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