We've started a new vocational training program in cosmetology. The idea came from the community, including recent primary school graduates in order for students to continue to grow, learn and be self-sufficient. Like most places in the world, women in Uganda who have the means, even in rural Uganda, will spend money on their hair and nails after paying the basics, such as school fees, food and clothing for the family.
On average, stylists can earn $60-$100 per month, far above the average income of $40 per month. We're at the end of our first training session, 6 months per session, and 10 girls per session. They are starting to work on clients and they're so excited!
Cosmetology training gives girls a chance to break free from the cycle of poverty and helps prevent early marriage
Olivia is a graduate of Buyanga Primary School, a school we’ve been supporting for the last 8 years because of generous donors like you.
Olivia dropped out of school in 9th grade due to financial hardships. With few other options, she was forced to marry at age 15. Pregnancy, often a joyful time, was filled with the loneliness of an abusive relationship. To survive, Olivia had to run away. Though she found shelter with an uncle, she has been struggling to provide for herself and her child.
Everything is changing for Olivia after being selected as one of the first 20 students for our cosmetology training program. The training she is receiving has not only equipping her with valuable skills but has also instilled in her a sense of purpose, a belief in herself, connection to a community of women, and hope, something she has been sorely missing. Olivia is incredibly resilient, and this opportunity will assist her in making a positive impact in her life and her daughter’s life.
For $480 year or $40 per month you can support one student’s training.