Empower Wayua to start own business

by Makindu Children's Program
Empower Wayua to start own business
Empower Wayua to start own business
Empower Wayua to start own business
Empower Wayua to start own business
Empower Wayua to start own business
Empower Wayua to start own business

We want to celebrate this amazing milestone with all of Wayua’s supporters!  On Tuesday she opened her tailoring and dressmaking shop, on a popular street with busy pedestrian traffic. She has turned her dream into a reality with crucial assistance at the beginning of the process.


Finding the right location was key to the future success of her business. Makindu Children’s Program staff were able to assist Wayua in finding her location and also procuring the equipment and materials she needed to open up her shop.


Thank you to all who have supported Wayua and enabled her to have the tools and confidence in herself to launch her business.  This means so much for Wayua’s future and her ability to continue to care for and support her elderly grandmother and 3 cousins.  We look forward to seeing her business thrive.


Congratulations Wayua!  

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Hello friends! Here is an exciting update! Over the past few months, Wayua has been anxiously searching for a suitable shop for her new tailoring and dressmaking business. Makindu Children's Program staff have advised her on the importance of foot traffic and visibility for her business, and have been encouraging her to wait for the "right shop" to become available. We are pleased to report that Wayua has found an ideal location with reasonable rent.
She will spend this weekend  in Nairobi accompanied by MCC staff to purchase all necessary equipment and materials to open her shop. Nairobi prices are much less than rural Kenya. Wayua will set up her shop next week, and plans to open the first week in March.
Thank you so very much for giving Wayua this opportunity and empowerment to succeed on her own. She is extremely grateful for your support, and we are all so proud of her determination!
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With the generosity of our donors and the funds raised to date, Wayua's new business venture as a dressmaker is off and running. She has been able to get the tools and supplies she needs. She has already achieved her certificate in dressmaking, and has enrolled in a small business coaching program. We now conclude our fundraising for launching her dressmaking business with confidence that her hard work and creativity will bring her self-sufficiency. Her smile speaks for itself and she has expressed her gratitude to Makindu for partnering with her. This small effort demonstrates the mission of Makindu Children's program which strives to create a healthy community where the children experience love, care and support, even as they become young adults.

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We have been raising money to help Wayua, a 17 year old orphan open her own dressmaking business. As the oldest in the family, Wayua is now responsible for her orphaned cousins who are younger than she is. She has the incredible talent of sewing and making dresses and would be able to provide for her family, including elderly grandmother if she had the resources to start this business.

The difference that would be made for the family of at least 5, is that they wouldn’t have to worry about food. The younger cousins will be able to focus on their studies instead of when and where they’re going to eat. This will help the younger kids get a better education so they can get out of thenever ending cycle of poverty. 

Please help us help Wayua and her family!

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Makindu Children's Program

Location: Eugene, OR - USA
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Twitter: @MCPkenya
Project Leader:
Diana Richardson
Eugene, OR United States

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