We are currently looking for 2 more people to join our team in Katanga, Uganda, a teacher and a livelihoods manager. The deadline for both jobs being 1st November.
It was September 2011 when Megan and I first went to Katanga, September 2012 when we became registered as a small charity, before registering as a charity with the UK Charity Commission in September 2013.
Over this time we have been able to work with our friends in Katanga, providing education in our catch up classes, loans and training in our livelihoods program, health care and have made advances in improving the water and sanitation.
All of the work we have been doing over the past 2 years, has meant we need to employee a couple more people, to continue to support more and more families in Katanga.
We are so excited for the change these 2 people will bring to the development of Katanga.
Megan and I spent a solid day and a half packaging the sewing machines and then driving them to London, ready to be flown to Uganda.
They are due to be arriving in Uganda this afternoon (7th August 2013); we can’t wait for the women in Katanga to start using them for their businesses.
Keep an eye out for pictures of the sewing machines out and being used in the next few weeks.
For the past 5 months we have been talking about the necessity of buying another building in Katanga specifically for our Livelihoods program.
We currently have a single building that we use throughout the week for our children’s classrooms. The women, in our Livelihoods program, currently come in to repay their loans weekly and to have a open mentoring session, to see how their businesses are growing if there is any advice we are able to give. We also run adult literacy and numeracy classes, as well as practical workshops in these classrooms.
We currently work with 20+ women in our Livelihoods program and this number is constantly growing. We have given loans to 6 women to start/further their own businesses and we are now in a position to give more loans to a further 6 women.
We are so pleased to tell you that we have now bought another building within Katanga. We will use this new building as a resource centre for our Livelihoods classes and workshops.
We have recently been given 8 sewing machines that we are going to fly out to Katanga in the beginning of August. These machines will be permanently set up in the building, so that women can come an work together to earn money for their families.
Now that we have acquired the building, there is a little building work that needs to be completed before we move in. We are hoping that by the time the sewing machines arrive on the 14th August we will have a renovated building ready for our Livelihoods work.
Make sure you keep an eye out for pictures over the next month, of work that we will be doing.
Our aim for the Livelihoods project is to ensure that whole families are supported, through a sustainable income. The main way we do this is by ultimately giving out interest free loans, so they are able to start their business and over time will be in a position were they can support their own families education, medical and nutritional needs.
We started with the parents in classes, teaching money management and basic business skills. We want to be responsible with the money we are giving as a loan, this involves teaching the women an understanding of businesses, how they can grow and be sustainable.
We then ask the women to write a business plan, describing what they want their business to be, including how much it will cost to start, keep the business going and how much profits they aim to receive each day. Our Hope for Life team then look over each business plan to see if they are realistic, or whether we can work with them on improving their plan to become more sustainable.
After writing the business plan is practical workshops. Most of the women already have the skill set to start their business but we help those who don’t yet have the skills and those who want to improve.
After all of this previous work we will give out the loans they have requested, and we have agreed upon, in their business plan.
We gave out loans to 6 women in February 2013 and by the time we went back to Uganda to visit them in June, they were half way through the repayment of their loans; the video below is catching up with one of the women to see how their business is going, check it out… (be sure to watch it in HD and to see the children at the end)