"PLA VOCATIONAL TRAINING EMPOWERS BENEFICIARY TO S
By Warren Nuwenyesiga - Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
“PLA VOCATIONAL TRAINING EMPOWERS BENEFICIARY TO START UP A SALOON”
Orishaba, a 22 year old female from Nansana Ganda was studying secretarial studies at Somero Uganda before enrolling at Nile Vocational Institute in Jinja in 2017 where she studied hairdressing for a period of six months. During this period she was trained in hair braiding, weaving, styling. After the six month course, she was trained in financial literacy and entrepreneurship at Kyebando Vocational Training Institute. At the time of her graduation, she was able to plait a number of hairstyles including pencil, weaves and dreadlocks. After graduation, she was placed for internship at Sustainable Youth Development Mpelerwe for a period of 3 months with the help of Platform for Labour Action. During this period, she was able to perfect her skills in plaiting and hair styling. At the end of the internship period, she was retained and trained students in hair dressing at a monthly salary of 100,000 shillings. In March 2018, Orishaba partnered with her friend and started up Alpha and Omega Beauty Saloon in Ganda Nansana which offers a range of hair dressing services. She is able to save up 10,000 shillings every day. She is able to pay rent, buy basic needs and look after her child. She is very grateful to PLA for giving her the opportunity to gain a skill that she has been able to use to uplift her standard of living.
My name is Isabella. I am 13 years’ old. I am waiting to sit for my primary Leaving Examination Board next week 4th November 2019.
I appreciate and I am very happy with PLA for paying my school fees, which has enabled me to stay in school as well as sit for my final Primary Level leaving examination
I want to appreciate PLA by passing very well with Aggregate of not Less than 7 in this coming Primary Leaving Examination results. I am read and prepared for the examinations and I plan to get Distinction one in mathematics, Distinction one in English, Distinction One in Social Studies and Distinction Two in Science. I want to be a nurse when I grow up.
I appreciate PLA for providing me with a mathematical set and sanitary towels as I did not have the same. I intended to borrow from my friends during examination. I was also from requesting teacher Vicky with Sanitary pad since am going to begin my period on Sunday as my Guardian told me that she does not have money to buy for me pads. It was the only thing, which was making me unstable at school ,but now I am very ok and eagerly awaiting for examination.
By Violet Nakitende - Project Officer Kampala Office
Musenoro is a 19 year old hair dresser working at a saloon in Kafunda, Sub County in Wakiso district.
On a good day Musenero makes between 6000 Uganda shillings – 8000/= a day depending on the clients that come in at the saloon. She is very grateful to PLA for the great work that they did by enrolling her in school because her life completely changed, she shared with us that now i cannot go hungry, I pay for my rent and that of my brother and also save 1000/= per day in a saving group and I agreed to get her money when it accumulates.
Musenoro plans on starting her own saloon after her savings accumulate and she believes that she can start small with the capital of 400,000shs.
Before Musenero was enrolled at Nile vocational Institute by PLA she was doing domestic work at home and also washing clothes for neighbors to earn a living.
She used to stay with her father in Kawempe since the father separated with mother however the mother also does not have a constant source of income; she is a substance farmer in the village. Musenero’s father had many children so he could hardly meet any of his children’s basic needs that’s why Musenero dropped out of school in her primary 7 without completing it.
So during mapping in Kawempe PLA identified her and later enrolled her in school at Nile vocational Institute in Ntinda for 6 months and later took her for internship in Ntinda for more two months