Learning to Sew: Teopista

Updated: Jul 2

We believe that healthcare and education are the keys to community empowerment and change. When women work, they invest 90 percent of their income back into their families, compared with 35 percent for men. By focusing on girls and women, innovative businesses and organizations can spur economic progress, expand markets, and improve health and education outcomes for everyone. GLO feels strongly about providing entrepreneurial skills through vocational enterprise training to women and girls living in extreme poverty in Uganda.

GLO's current initiative to transform the lives of women and girls gives them empowerment and resources to create and sell goods and earn a profit. By learning how to make reusable sanitary kits and soap, our girls can begin to break out of the cycle of poverty that currently oppresses them.

In a video interview, Teopista, age 24,  told us that she was planning on finding a maid job in the city, but had failed. A week later she received news that GLO was starting vocational enterprise training in her village. "I have never done any needlework, but now GLO has empowered me to and now I can make my own reusable sanitary kits, I can make soap and I have good hygeine. Right now my neck is tall and my head is high and I have huge smiles. Thank you."

By educating girls like Teopista, we are able to give them the chance for success that they so desperately wish for. They do not want a hand out, rather, they want a hand up. Help us continue changing the lives of our girls by supporting our plan to build a vocational training center. For just $10 we could purchase one 100 pound bag of cement. For $25 we could purchase 300 bricks. For $50 we could purchase one truck load of sand. For $100 one student could attend a 9 month vocational course in Design and Tailoring. Just a small donation can make a big difference in the lives of girls such as Teopista.

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