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.