Three teenage mothers in Kenya has risen beyond expectations after their last years graduation on tailoring and dressmaking course .Josephine who emerged as the best candidate in her class started a small business with the tailoring machine that the school gave her as a reward for her good results.Josephine makes clothes in various designs .'Challenge Josephine with any style in the world or any design and she will give it to you as it is'. says her former teacher .
Josephine is also very innovative such that she comes up with her own styles and designs that she normally wears to market them and later sells at a resonable prices.Josephine is able to feed her children through her business of dress making and she is looking to expand that business.'I can now feed my children , clothe them and take them to school ' she says.
Josephine has inspired her former classmates whom she mentors and helps to make quality designs. She is a role model that other girls are looking up to.Our ourganization is looking for ways to link those girls who graduate to available market related to their work and also those who cannot are supported with a tool and training to set up their own business .
On behalf of Hope for teenage Mothers I wish to thank all who have contributed to this wonderful acheivement for our young mums.
Hope for Teenage Mothers is an organization working with teenage mothers to empower them through back to school programs and life skills that teach self-sustainability to enable them to succeed following early parenthood. If these teenage mothers are empowered they can improve their quality of life and that of their children. The young women are taught entrepreneurship skills that aim to uplift them economically through income generating projects. The young women make hand-made traditional African crafts, beaded works, bags, paintings, handicrafts, Kikoy cloths and woven baskets. These income generating activities are important because they economically benefit the communities from which these girls are from, aid in their rehabilitation and ensure the sustainability of the project.
We are actively seeking partners on mentorship, skills building and sales of these items through various networks.
Improved sales in these income generating activities will provide the young girls and their children with a livelihood and enable them to continue with their schooling.
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Learn more about our 2013 acheivements by joining us on our acebook page.We really appreciate your support.Its through your great effort that we were able to make a difference in the lives of the teen mums and their children.
It has been an exciting year for our Empowerment project for teenage mothers here in Kenya. We’vehad 6 young women begin sewing business, 3 young women have started own salon business that is changing lives of families, One woman, Susan, is already sending her daughter to school with new income.
The young women had a mentorship training last weekend. This is to prepare them when they leave school life and they are able to fall back to what they learnt from their peers.
A total of 25 young mothers will be graduating at the end of this year in various courses of the vocational schooling (catering,hairdressing,dressmaking and knitting) .
We appreciate your involvement in this young mothers empowerment project.
We also want to inform you that we have a new website (http://www.hopeforteenagemother.org).
Thank you for your continued support.
Most girls in Kenya do not attend school during their menstrual cycle because of the high cost of purchasingsanitary towels and the fear of (accidental leaks). The current practice is to use old rag clothes which cause leakages and present a high risk of infection.Due to high possibility of leakages, the girls opt to remain at home when on menstrual periods thus missing up to 5 to 7 days every month in the year. This results in the girls falling behind in school work and ultimately dropping out of school.
By dropping out of school, the girls are unable to complete their education and break the poverty cycle in their lives.
The Eco Pads 4Girls - Pads project, by the HTM is working to create a degree of financial self-sufficiency to women and to provide a long-term viable alternative to their current practice. Women from the rural areas and marginalized communitiesare being taught by HTM on how to have a lasting solution to lack of sanitary pads but to also become economically empowered by making and selling the Eco Pads 4Girls.
Wairimu is a single mother from Lewa with 4 children all in the primary school. She was one of the twenty five women who benefitted from the HTM training of making Eco Pads 4Girls.
She said, ‘‘Now I can make many sanitary pads and sell them to other women and school girls. I can now afford to buy shoes and school uniform for my children.’’
This initiative will also generate additional sources of income resulting to financial independence for the women from their husbands. Running a business builds confidence by enabling the women to take control and ownership of their lives. The women would become role models for their daughters and young girls in the communities thus growing the economy.
We invite your inputs and comments to help this project serve more communities.
I hope you had a very happy Mothers Day like me.You were able to spend time with the people you love most.
We are happy to report that on the Mothers day here at Hope for teenage mothers,Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) spent time with over 100 teenage mothers and their children.The teenage mothers displayed their empowerment project works and also shared their acheivement that they have aquired through this empowerment project you are supporting.One teenage mum (Alimlim) who have started a small tailoring business said '' I have acheived all this because of your love and support '' .
We had lots of fun,goodies for mums and their children .This made a difference in their lives and they felt loved and valued.
We want to thank all our partners,friends and supporters for their continous generosity and support to our teen mums and the project.
We at Hope for Teenage Mothers welcome all your thoughts and ideas that can help us add more impact to our teenage mums project.Please reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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