In November, Seed of Hope reached the milestone of 1,000 girls graduating from the programme. We have already seen many of these girls go on to set up their own small businesses which have transformed their lives.
The staff at our four Seed of Hope centres are now in the process of working with the new graduates and their families to get their businesses up and running. The aim is to lay good foundations for each business so that it can grow over time. The graduates have been choosing who they will go into partnership with and working on their business plans. They then have to find a shop which can be rented before we can organise a trading licence and sewing machine. Their families also have to decide who will contribute the tables, stools, scissors, mirror, iron and other essential items.
Since the start of the year, our centres in Kisii and Kitui have each seen five businesses established. Kariti Seed of Hope has one business up and running. Work is underway to grow these numbers in the coming weeks as the graduates find business premises and their families settle on their contributions.
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