Caroline promoting Padi Bora
It’s another great opportunity to update you on the progress of our project. The last quarter has been focused on an economic strengthening program. Team Kenya believes that there is a strong link between economic independence and health behaviour. For instance, a girl who is financial literate is less likely to be lured into survival sex. This reduces her vulnerability to Sexually Transmitted Infections and unwanted pregnancies. Through a partnership between Team Kenya and Equity Bank- Homabay branch, the girls under Vocational Training Program were taken through financial literacy course. The 12 vulnerable girls (mostly teenage mothers) from the Vocational Training Program were taught on how to budget, opening saving account and were trained on business development.
The financial education focused on money and how to manage it well.The girls were taught on adopting good management practices, make decisions about earning, saving, spending and borrowing money and set financial goals, track expenses and save for future. The training covered four modules which took duration of eight weeks. Good financial education will ideally lead girls to become financial literate which is the competence or capability to engage in economic transactions. It is a capability that gave the girls adequate skills to manage money, prepare for life cycle events, manage risk and take advantage of opportunities. The financial education training promoted awareness of personal financial issues and choices, encourages the development of financial goals, promotes a saving culture and in short provides a basic life skill. Adolescence period is an important time to introduce financial education. It helps adolescent girls develop knowledge and change their practices at an early age to facilitate transition into financial independence and therefore have a positive impact in many areas in their lives now and in future.
With the girls in the Vocational Training already half way through with the training, focus on financial literacy and entrepreneurship is imperative. The girls are still making Padi Bora (reusable sanitary towels) and selling them to members of the community for the sustainability of the project. The girls are also going on with the sewing lessons and will soon gain skills to start their own tailoring businesses.
Thanks so much for your support so far. Please keep donating to empower these vulnerable girls in Ndhiwa. With your support, the future of these girls can only be bright!