Ruth is one of the girls who enrolled in the GPI Girls’ Entrepreneurship programme in 2016. Before the programme, she struggled with low self-esteem and low income to cater for herself. After acquiring sewing skills she has this story to tell:
“My name is Ruth Sunday, I am 19 years old. Before participating in the sewing skills program in 2016, I could neither cut nor sew any dress. In three months, I could sew and started having a few customers. I was given the opportunity to train in an Empowerment Programme where I earned up to 300,000 Naira. I was also awarded “Best Fashion & Design Student of the Year” by the programme. Over time, I have had increase in sales. In one day, I make up to two dresses, however, as an entrepreneur, I am sometimes stressed.
My self-esteem is greatly improved by being a part of the GPI Entrepreneurship Program. I have a passion for sewing and that keeps me busy. I am satisfied with the jobs I handled and because I make my own wages, I can buy things I need which gives me some level of independence. Being in fashion design helps me to be creative and innovative. I strongly believe that this programme is impactful as it empowers young girls to be self-reliant.”
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