It has been widely accepted within the Post 2015 discourse that to impact poverty in future, it will be necessary to create conditions that can provide capabilities and an enabling environment that will ensure that people can take charge of their lives and lift themselves out of poverty. Read more
It has been widely accepted within the Post 2015 discourse that to impact poverty in future, it will be necessary to create conditions that can provide capabilities and an enabling environment that will ensure that people can take charge of their lives and lift themselves out of poverty.
The young people from Itojo Sub County suffer from under employed mainly due to lack of skills. Through the Skills Development Initiative, we seek to address the issue of worklessness and poverty amongst the youth by ensuring that they acquire marketable and transferable skills to enable them to have an equitable chance of accessing work and/or creating their own employment opportunities in the local economy.
In the last post, I provided you with an update on our Introduction to Computing for rural communities workshops. This post is about the tailoring workshops.
The initial take up of the tailoring workshops has been low with only four boys and eight girls choosing this workshop.
But according to Alex this picture is deceiving as end of term feedback has indicated that in fact many of those taking part in the computing workshops would rather be in the tailoring workshop. This will be addressed after the Easter break and in consultation with participants.
As part of our sanitation program, we have been very keen to improve menstrual hygiene amongst teenage girls in Ruhanga and one of the products from the first tailoring workshops is handmade sanitary towels.
A key aspect of the workshop has been ensuring that participants can cut fabric and operate a sewing machine
Komujuni Daphine, is 14 years and about to leave Primary School. She is interested in acquiring tailoring skills because as someone from a poor background, she is unlikely to continue in formal education. This is because her parents would not afford the fees. She hopes that, the tailoring skills gained through this initiative would help her start her own business or access work somewhere else.
Daphine’s reasons for being part of the tailoring workshops sum up reasons why initiatives such as this are needed. What hope is their for rural girls such as Daphine whose parents can’t afford to pay for further education?
The community-based centre where the tailoring workshops are delivered is now in need of expansion to meet demand and, as such, we now require a further classroom to ensure the girls such as Daphine have the necessary access to the training and equipment they require.
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Our Skills Development Initiative kicked off in February. The aim of this initiative is to enable young people in Ruhanga to acquire skills that they can either take to market or use to create their own employment Read more
A consultation exercise to gather local views on the viability of establishing a new marketplace in the village is being undertaken by the Ruhanga Women’s Empowerment Project, a small independent micro-finance initiative in Ruhanga run by the women themselves that provides advice and support about how to increase income through developing sound business ideas enabling themselves and other women to take greater control of their own lives.
The consultation exercise ~ which will reach out to the village farming community and other stakeholders ~ will explore whether such a marketplace would help the Ruhanga economy by bringing in extra income from passing trade and how it could be run in an independent and sustainable way.
The group hope to report back to the local chairmen in late March.
Amongst other initiatives the group currently operates a roadside stall that sell crafts that are handmade from locally sourced natural materials which are also shipped around the world. If you would like a bit of Ruhanga in your home or to give as a gift, the crafts are available through:
Should the consultation prove successful and the new marketplace established, it should generate additional income for local farming families and provide a much needed economic boost to the wider community.
We’ll keep you posted.