Jackline Chikusa, ELA member, salon owner.
Jackline Chikusa, who turns 22 this year, is proud to be an alumna of one of 180 Empowerment & Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) Clubs BRAC has established so far in Tanzania.
“Before joining the club, I had no future plans. I did not know how to control my emotions, make decisions, solve problems and choose my friends. Through this club I received various kinds of information and also life skills training in beautification and salon operations”, she said.
Jackline is one of over 1,190 young women in Tanzania that have received livelihoods training so far, choosing from a menu of training options including running a beauty salon. After her training, Jackline took her first loan of 150,000 Tanzanian schillings ($107) and started a salon business. With her second loan of 250,000 schillings, ($179) she expanded her business successfully, and it now earns profits of up to 150,000 schillings ($107) per month.
With your support, Jackline is more than a business owner. She's a role model for other girls in her community. Or in Jackline's words, “Now I am aware of many things and I’m trying to make my friends aware as well.”