Joyce who after participating in our mentorship program was able to start up her own business and employing four locals.
Having a mentor with me showed me that someone does care about me and my situation. Before being involved with Jessica and the program I didn’t have many prospects for myself, I was sad all the time, I was anxious finding enough food for myself and my son but now I have less worries. I am studying hair and plan on working as a hairdresser. I didn’t have the self belief before having a mentor. I am now very excited about the future. – Mentee – Joyce, 41, Uganda
Joyce was partnered with an mentor from Australia who was able to tap into her abilities and knowledge in dressmaking. Instead of just making regular clothing items in the hope of selling these are local markets, Joyce and her mentor brainstormed ways to come up with a new business model that insured her clothes would be needed and therefore sold. What Joyce did next was to travel 16 km to the nearest school which she hoped she could put her son into and speak to the headmaster asking him how much he was buying the school uniforms for. Once she had this information she bargained with the headmaster to purchase school uniforms from her if she could Sell them at a lower cost saving the school money. The school agreed to take a chance on Joyce and after presenting her with a $500 loan she went off and bought the materials needed to make the school uniforms.
Joyce now has set up her own business employing four other community members to help her make school uniforms. She is continuing to work with one of our business mentors to see what else she can leverage to expand her business.
This is an incredible example of how mentorship and community enterprise tie in together to eliminate poverty.
Joyce now has been able to put her son in school herself, Leaving behind the need for an external financial help. her success is not only empowering her but also the females in the extended community.