Asha’s story

Every one of us has dreams and ambitions for some it is an easy road, for millions of girls in Uganda it is an uphill journey because they have been born in abject poverty.  These are girls that become women tomorrow, if they do not become mothers at an early age, chances that they will end up in brothels are so high, and because they are fully dependent on the mercy of a man they become victims of domestic violence or worse still HIV Aids.  They leave with dead hopes, dead dreams, dead ambitions and what is left of their short lives??

Two months down the road, the girls in the AGI comprehensive programme have a story to tell. Today’s story is about Asha Nanyanzi, she is a nineteen year old girl. After completion of primary seven through a Universal primary school Education, she joined a secondary school for form one and two half way form two; she dropped out of school because of lack of school fees. She comes from a staunch Moslem home where the father has four wives. All the four wives have divorced so she stays with her dad and many more other siblings she jokes that it is like a school.

When all hopes seemed a distant reality. She is lucky to have survived an early marriage, her future at bay and hoping to get started with petty business.   When AGI called on for registration Asha showed up in her white veil while her peers run to select hair braiding, she insisted that she wanted to learn tailoring,

Asha now has an opportunity to have a sewing machine all to her self with a skilled trainer.  Right now the reserved Asha‘s stitches are perfect. Although she is not good at theory she has a skilled hand that is capable of exploiting the sewing machine to make anything you ask her to.

Asha has come up with a bag making concept which we have named Nanyanzi naming after the designer. This is a lady’s handbag that has been appreciated by many that have had a glance at it.  This is an item that she hopes to specialize in to make a living.

This is one of them Barbra Asha's trainer shows off one of the bags

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About African Girl Initiative Uganda

Bwaise is a slum area and one of the biggest in Uganda's capital Kampala. It is one of the poorest areas in Kampala, with high rates of HIV and AIDS, very poor sanitation, large number of commercial sex workers, the largest number eats one meal a day. Many girls living in these slums are exposed to a lot of violence and many dropout of school. It's against this background that African Girl Initiative Uganda is carrying out a project that will avail girls in Bwaise skills and also enhance their knowledge on reproductive health and their rights. African Girl Initiative Uganda is affiliated to Man Up, a global youth campaign to stop violence against women. . View all posts by African Girl Initiative Uganda

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