Support A Teenage Mother To Acquire Livelihood Skills
Kyusa is actively engaged in working with various groups of youth in the urban slums of Kampala. During our financial education workshops targeting youth in slums last year, we observed a concerning increase in the number of teenage mothers. Many of these young mothers attributed their circumstances to the impact of Covid-19 and the prolonged absence from school. Regrettably, most of them lack the means to support themselves and their babies, leading them to turn to various informal jobs in order to make ends meet. This exposes them and their babies to diverse risks.
In desperation, some of these young mothers have been compelled to live with the fathers of their babies against their will, as their families are unwilling to support them. We have had conversations with a number of these young mothers, and they express a strong desire to acquire livelihood skills to better their lives.
Recognizing the urgency of the situation, Kyusa is committed to addressing the needs and aspirations of these young mothers. We understand the importance of empowering them with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to break free from the cycle of poverty and vulnerability.
To support these young mothers, we are expanding our efforts beyond financial education workshops. Kyusa is implementing comprehensive programs aimed at equipping them with vocational skills that are in demand in the local job market. By providing training in areas such as tailoring, hairdressing, catering, and other relevant fields, we aim to enhance their employability and income-generating potential.
In addition to vocational training and job placements, Kyusa recognizes the importance of providing ongoing support to address the multifaceted challenges faced by these young mothers. We offer mentorship programs, counseling services, and educational opportunities to help them develop essential life skills, regain self-confidence, and foster resilience.
Through our collective efforts, we aim to create a society where these young mothers can thrive, free from the constraints of poverty, exploitation, and violence. We believe that by investing in their potential and providing them with the necessary tools for success, we can break the cycle of disadvantage and empower them to lead fulfilling lives while providing a better future for their children.
Kyusa remains steadfast in our commitment to supporting these young mothers in their journey towards economic independence, personal growth, and social empowerment. Together, we can make a tangible and lasting difference in their lives and contribute to a more equitable and inclusive society for all.
a. To provide 50 teenage mothers with comprehensive training in tailoring and crocheting skills.
b. To equip the beneficiaries with the necessary tools, materials, and resources to establish home-based businesses.
c. To empower teenage mothers to generate a sustainable income, supporting themselves and their babies effectively.
d. To foster independence, entrepreneurship, and economic stability among teenage mothers.
The estimated budget for this project is $25,000. It costs us $500 to support one teenage mother through a three months training and to provide her with a startup pack. This budget will cover training costs for the girls, startup packs that include machinery and basic materials to start working immediately, and some administrative costs. Additionally, we will actively seek partnerships with local businesses and organizations to secure in-kind donations or sponsorship opportunities, enabling us to minimize costs and enhance the project's sustainability.
a. Empowerment of 50 teenage mothers through comprehensive tailoring and crocheting skills training.
b. Increased self-confidence and enhanced self-esteem among the beneficiaries.
c. Generation of sustainable income, fostering financial independence for teenage mothers and their babies.
d. Establishment of 50 successful home-based businesses, enabling economic stability and improved livelihoods.
e. Development of entrepreneurial and business management skills among teenage mothers.
f. Reduction in social stigma and increased community support for teenage mothers.
To ensure the long-term sustainability of the program, we will explore opportunities to connect teenage mothers with local markets, craft fairs, and online platforms where they can showcase and sell their products. Furthermore, we will encourage and facilitate mentorship relationships between teenage mothers and future program participants, creating a cycle of empowerment and support within the community.