Category: Girl Empowerment

Category: Girl Empowerment

Cissy Namboira’s story

Initially Cissy Namboira, mother of Patricia Mpindi (Nakabango Senior Secondary school in Jinja), used to do tailoring with a hired and old machine that occasionally broke down yet it was her sole source of income to pay her daughter’s school due. When Empowerment for Girls’ Education (EGE) project, Households Income Generating Activities (IGAs) intervention opportunity arrived, she immediately decided to ask for a new sewing machine, which she received in January 2019.

Right now she is working on school uniform orders placed by two schools within the Nakabango community (Jinja).  Her daughter has also acquired tailoring skills which she plans to pass onto her colleagues in the project at the school, using another sewing machine donated to the school by the project to assist girls in making reusable sanitary pads so they do not miss attending classes during menstruation.

Patricia Mpindi (EGE club member) sewing a school uniform

Ms Cissy is saving with Opportunity Bank and a Village SACCO to buy another machine that her daughter can also use during holidays and weekends especially when she is overwhelmed by school uniform orders. To her, EGE project has not only enabled her to pay school fees for her daughter and also meet other family needs but has also transformed her entire family by giving it a stable source of livelihood

Determined to succeed

Akampa Rita from Kabonera sub-county Masaka district is one of our beneficiaries of the “Girls Take Lead (GTL) pilot project”.

After being trained by PEDN in Financial literacy aspects and Enterprise set up, she developed an idea of making baskets using locally available materials. She sells her products to community members around Kabonera and saves the proceeds in the GTL saving club. Part of the income generated is also being used to support her family and also buy her personal needs. She shares that with this enterprise, she won’t need to beg money and gifts from men as she’s able to get all the needs through her own effort.

Rita is one of the 500 Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in 5 sub counties in Masaka district being supported by the project with knowledge and vocational skills to be able to challenge situations that expose them to sleeping with men for gifts/money (also called transactional sex), which exposes them to the danger of catching HIV AIDS.

The project is implemented by PEDN and supported by Aidsfonds