I was born in a family of 7 children and I am the second born child. My mother is widow and my father has been an absentee dad and he passed on when I was very young girl I can’t recall the year. At this moment my mother is the only soul bread winner and doesn’t have a stable formal employment to sustain our family. I have always assisted my mum in tilling other people’s land during the planting season to earn a living to cater for our needs which sometimes is a seasonal job. I have also washed clothes for people to earn extra money when the planting seasons have ended my total earning per day was 2 dollars. As a student I was constantly repeating classes or missing school because of lack of school fees since most of the time my mum could not afford tuition fee that the school required us to pay even though it was a small amount she could raise it on time because of many responsibilities. Due to frustration I involved myself in a relationship with a form 4 student from a different school nearby. I got pregnant when I was in class 7 with 16 years and then dropped out of school. When I was pregnant the father of my child took me to his parent’s home to stay there as I wait to deliver because he had no means to support me since he was a student too. My life became worse especially when I started living with the parents of the father of my child. I lived with them in their village and life was very challenging until I gave birth. I had no choice but to become a maid in that house because I had no option and was living at their mercy since I had no place to go. I knew i had disappointed my mum so much when I remembered how much sacrifices and efforts she made to ensure there was food on the table and taking us to school. I would cry all the time and felt like I was in a trapped environment with no hope that one day I will get out of my situation. Due to constant frustration i left that place went back to my mother’s house after my daughter was 7months.My mother accepted me back home after being angry with for delivering a child at a very young age and yet I knew how she was struggling as a sole bread winner with seven kids. My baby is two-year old now and I have to take care of her fully. It has been challenging for me to raise my only daughter and it forced me to join my mother doing odd jobs to fend for my daughter and my other sibling after I realized there is no other option left for me to gain any formal employment or skills to start a business.
I was introduced by my mother’s friend to this program initiated by Community Focus Group and I was determined to do my best gain enough experience and skills in hairdressing. I was worried at first if I was going to catch up and learn within the six month period, since it was my first time to learn a new skill I haven’t done in my life.
This program has helped me a lot. After I finished the course for 6months my trainer offered me an internship at her salon for two months to practice my skills and at the same time I was plaiting cornrows and selling to salons and beauty shops. I have also been plaiting client in different salon and paid by commission. Recently, I have been employed at Elegance salon and I am thankful for Community Focus Group for giving me this opportunity to acquire adequate skills of hair dressing .I am confident now that I can handle clients effectively in the salon without a challenge. In addition, this program has also enabled me to earn an honest living for my child and help my younger siblings get education that I did not have the opportunity to acquire.
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