Kamwokya and Kyebando are slum areas in the capital of Uganda and are faced by many challenges. This project aims to help graduating students from the Chusa School of Beauty with funding to start Saloons offering hairdressing, styling, cosmetology and bridal services and will help the single mothers and girls to generate an income and leave poverty. The Chusa School of Beauty is run by Creative Arts 256 in partnership with Human Rights & Science (HR&S) and Action10.
Kamwokya and Kyebando have a combined population of around 40,000 people where most of its inhabitants are children and youth that are poor and illiterate. Most of the men have dropped their responsibilities to look after their families because of the tough economic situation. Girls and women generally face domestic gender-based violence, child abuse, forced marriage and polygamy which leads to single motherhood. Adolescent girls suffer from drug abuse, prostitution, HIV and eventually death.
The Chusa School of Beauty, which targets girls and women from these vulnerable areas, has educated students in plaiting, braiding, weaving, styling and make-up as well as saving and opening a business. The graduates are welcomed to set up and work at The Chusa Saloons and the funding will be used as investment capital to support the business. The chain contributes to employment, income generation and raised living standards.
During 2020, 20 students graduated from the Chusa School of Beauty and now the Chusa Saloons are about to be set up. The target of the Saloons is to provide the girls with a sustainable source of income to increase well-being and help them out of poverty. The investment will then be paid back and used to run more schools and set up more saloons to sustainably help more people out of poverty and suffering.