Out of 178 of the unemployed women who came for training, 75% are now 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 while some have even built shelter for their families) and 38% have gone on to train others. – “I am a single mother of 2 children. with my own business now community respect me. I’m able to provide for my 2 children and take care of their school’ needs.”
Women of Hope is a hands on training programs for the Neighborhood slum community training program conducted in slum areas and refugee camps. 80% of Women of Hope beneficiaries are HIV/AIDS infected women, single and teenage mothers leaving in slums, school dropout teenage girls without hope of continuing with formal education and civil war displaced women currently facing structural change and exposed to high-risk situations including child marriage, child prostitution, torture, abuse and extreme poverty.
In this program, Women access counselling and training in life skills, business hands on entrepreneurship skills search as fashion and design, soap and shampoo making hair dressing and beauty therapy, computer literacy and home care management. The comprehensive training program equips women with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence they require to work towards financial freedom and a self-reliant future. Women are granted training and counselling on the basis of the difficult circumstances from which they come. After the completion of training Testimony Africa facilitates the launch of small businesses for the women who have successfully completed the training. this program is managed by our coordinators. Thereafter, 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, the women are encouraged to support themselves and their families and also reach out to their community’s needs. This dose not only give women a sense of achievement and self-esteem; it also helps break the vicious cycles of poverty and dependency.
In March 2016, The “Neighborhood women training Hub” was Testimony Africa’s first women project established in Kasokoso slum by Women of Hope. This incubation hub was a full kitted workshop with manual and industrial sewing machines at out training centre in Mutungo. From this, women were able to start their small business under close supervision and mentorship from individuals from Testimony Africa together with the local community who work in the same field of enterprise.
Since 2016 Women of Hope witnessed more than 650 women successfully completed different hands on skills training.
Success Story (KEVIN, 2017)