Today was Livelihoods training day for our neighbours and carers of the children we work with. We have done a variety of sessions previously including cookery classes but today we were going a bit deeper into a pre-studied subject of business and savings management. We had a day of good teaching from our 3 knowledgeable Ugandan trustees on the subject in which the women really learnt from.
It is great to invest so much time in to the children but the parents appreciate even more the time and effort we invest in them and their careers too. We have had various comments thanking us for our work with the parents, as what they need is people showing confidence in them to succeed. We hope not only to be a voice to encourage them but also we want to really practically encourage them, weather teaching them new skills or even help writing a CV.
Some people think of work in Africa and immediately think of farming crops, fruit &veg etc. and although that is the truth for a huge percentage of people in Africa, we at Hope for Life Katanga are working with the very small percentage in a very urban setting. So jobs in the city centre are unlikely to include farming skills but instead selling produce, sewing, computer, hospitality and presentational skills.
A huge population of people move from their rural homes, where they grew up, in search for a better career and future for their family only to be met with expensive living and jobs that need skills they haven’t previously acquired.
It is in this setting that we are working; helping to encourage and support these families in living self sustainable through income generating activities. We support these parents as they write out business plans, draw up a proposal and give them loans to start them out on their new venture. They come into our offices once a week so we can continue to support them, being a consultant of sorts to their businesses.
Some of you may recognise the bowls these women in Katanga slum made as we brought them back to the UK and sold them here at various markets and fairs, where 100% of the money paid, for the bowls, went straight to the women who made them so they can continue to grow the business further.