Woman of Hope is a vocational training programs for the neighborhood community reach out training programs for women in slum areas and refugee camps. 80% of Woman of Hope beneficiaries are unemployed girls, single mothers leaving in slums, school drop out girls without hope of continuing with formal education and civil war displaced women who have been exposed to high-risk situations including child marriage, child prostitution, torture, abuse and extreme poverty. women at woman of hope access counseling and training in life skills, business skills and vocational skills search as fashion and design, soap and shampoo making hair dressing and beauty therapy, computer packages and home care management. this training vary in length of 6 months to 24 months. The comprehensive training package equips women with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence they require to work towards independence and a self-reliant future. Women are granted training and counseling on the basis of the difficult circumstances from which they come.
After the completion of training Woman of Hope facilitates the launch of small businesses for the women who have successfully completed the training. this program is managed by Woman of Hope and offers partial funding, consultation and support for the new businesses. During the latter half of their training, women are encouraged to generate some of the funds required to set up income generating activities using the skills they have learnt. This encourages them to take responsibility of their future and for the success of their businesses.
Through the establishment of their own small business, trained women are empowered to support themselves and their families and to reach out to their communities. This dose not only give women a sense of achievement and enhance self-esteem; it also helps break the vicious cycles of poverty and dependency.
In March 2014, The “Neighborhood woman training Hub” was Testimony Africa’s first women project established at Mutungo by Woman of Hope. This incubation hub was a full kitted workshop with manual and industrial sewing machines. From this, women can start their small business under close supervision and benefit from mentor ship from individuals from the local community who work in the field of enterprise.
Since 2013 Woman of Hope has witnessed more than 1,000 women successfully completed hands on skills training.
“I am a single young mother with my own business now community respect me. I provide for my 2 children and take care of my parents’ needs.” (Aboth, 2014)
98% women who came for training were unemployed, 75% are gainfully employed or self employed after the training, 98% say they have been empowered, 69% are supporting their family. Those trained are able to pay for sibling’s education, pay for sick relatives in hospital and have even built shelter for their families) and 38% have gone on to train others (an average of 3 people each)
Source: Impact Assessment December 2017 (227 trained women interviews)
This demonstrates that Woman of Hope, trained women are not just improving their own quality of life but also the quality of life for their families and communities.