My Journey with WIL Uganda

My Journey with WIL Uganda
14th June 2018

Susan striking a pose at the WIL Uganda office

When WIL Uganda had just begun the programme of Crafts, they had to look for people who can manage that programme, so I was chosen and given an agreement to sign and we started from there. I was already trained with Crafts skills alongside another facilitator, and we managed a big group of women at the start.

The other facilitator Sara and I spent two years training women to make products. After some products were made, the director would take them to the UK and move around selling those products. The organization was making earrings bracelets and jewelry. A time came when the programme was running but had to stop because we couldn’t find a specific place to sell the products and get the money for the women. The director didn’t want the women to keep coming to make crafts and not receiving an income for their work, it was too discouraging. Then we started searching for ways to sell products online, and last year we were successful in finding a company that buys our products and the women receive the money.

Last year WIL Uganda helped me go and join a tailoring training, I was training for 3 months because of their support. Because they helped pay for this training I am very grateful and I graduated in November 2017. Tailoring is a very serious and big programme, I was given an introduction of making practical things like dresses, jackets, shirts etc. There was a nice and interesting graduation celebration at the end and I was really happy. The sewing machine I use now is personal and I used this to train myself and improve, I used to practice sewing at home. The organization is also planning on getting sewing machines when they have the budget, so the women in our programme can also develop this skill. After the course I started making products to sell personally and for the organization too.

In February 2018 I started a government programme under the government ruling party (NRA). The programme is to help school drop out girls and boys and give them practical skills for these children in the village. The sub-county CDO called me in March, because I am known in my town for tailoring, and he told me to give an application. I took the documents to the court and was called for the interview, which was hard because it was all just writing. Many women who have tailoring skills cannot read and write, so I was able to write this exam for 2 hours and a half, it was 6 pages with many detailed questions. After I was called to come in and they told me I got the post and I am to start teaching these girls and boys tailoring.

Since April I have started teaching girls about some practical parts of tailoring until we get the machines so they can start practicing. The contract is for 1 year. We are paid for our services, and they really help the people in rural districts in Busoga where people are really helpless.

Along with starting some tailoring projects with the WIL Uganda women hopefully next month, I am hoping to go back to a technical institute whereby I can get the DIT paper (a certification) to be able work in the whole country. It is a more technical training for tailoring and the course is one year, at Iganga Technical School. I will do this course and am willing and I need to become someone who is so so resourceful.

 

By: Mutesi Susan

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