Joyce, Georgina and Margaret were all farming in Lozi, Malawi when they joined a Tools for Self Reliance training programme in partnership with the Foundation for Community and Capacity Development. They all chose to learn tailoring as they thought it was something they could earn a living from – and they wanted to be independent and have a skill they could be proud of.
As well as practical and business skills, all of them found the health awareness information especially useful, and said they had never been taught anything to do with personal health before – the course covered HIV and AIDS and the importance of condom use.
The three knew each other before the training, and decided to go into business together – putting in to practice all they had learned about record keeping, customer service, and managing orders. They say that working in a group is the best thing about working – because they can encourage and help each other. Their self esteem, as well as their income, has grown – Georgina said “I am now independent, and can make decisions for myself.”
I feel that I am in control of my life.