Kadesa, is an seventeen-year-old girl who has benefitted from the activities and programmes offered by the project. Her family includes herself, her mother, three siblings and her Unlce. Her mother work as laborer at neighborhood, where she works a gardener. Kadesa forced to discontinue her education to take care of her three siblings who are in the 11th, 9th and 7th standards respectively. However, Kadesa was reluctant to return to school to study with children who are much younger than her.
The project team met Kadesa when conducting a survey in her community. She was offered help to re-join school, however upon voicing her hesitation, she was instead offered the option of joining the beauty and hair dressing course which she accepted. Kadesa has been using these new cosmetology skills to find paid work for the last seven months weaving and braiding neighbors and earning respect of her family and community whilst doing so.
“I learnt a lot from other girls who were learning with me,” Kadesa explains. “I learnt the way to talk and behave and this changed my personality. Now I dress up neatly and properly and I tend my hair properly too. In the past I was not very tidy about it. Staying back at my house, I could have never been able to speak so well. I feel that a lot of my aspirations have been fulfilled. I have a feeling that I can do something and today I am able to earn on my own. This helps me to live life happily.”
Today Kadesa thinks that she will not have to endure the arduous work her mother had to. She says “thanks to the beauty and hair dressing course, I will be able to earn by putting in less efforts than my mother. I will not face problems travelling places. My family includes me in the decision-making process and when getting me married, they will surely take my views into consideration.”
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