Before taking part in a training course with Tools for Self Reliance, Samson was working on the streets selling mobile phone accessories. He had completed school, but had no skills, and felt that he had no real hope of improving his life without the means to earn more money. He found out about the training course through his local pastor, and signed up to learn metal fabrication. Samson said that at the beginning of the course, he struggled with the new skills, and didn’t think he would be able to manage – but with the encouragement and support of the staff, he persevered.
He not only completed the training programme, he went on to undertake additional training and sit for a TEVETA Level 3 certificate, formally recognising his skills. He now works as a metal fabricator at a local company, and can afford to pay for the things his family needs. He said he is a changed man, and that his wife is very proud of him, “It is very important to support and help others to learn skills. Skills can move someone from bad habits, and get them to help others.”
Having employment makes me feel proud and has given me confidence.
Welding group, Malawi