Dusabe Alice and Uwizeyimana Liliane are two young women of 22 years and 24 years respectively, who live in Tumba sector, Huye district. They both came from impoverished families in the lowest social economic class in Tumba sector. This meant their households were not able to meet the basic needs with ease including education for the children.
In 2015, their families were enrolled in USAID Turengere Abana program where each was provided with HIV prevention messages, health insurance for family members, parents supported to join Internal and saving groups for them to access soft loans, and children supported with school fees subsidies and materials among the interventions. Alice was supported to complete her high school education through the program but could not afford to go to the university and like Lilian was advised to join vocational training and chose hair dressing as an option.
“When we completed our trainings, we went back home and started to braid hair and gained little money. USAID Turengere Abana helped us to open hair dressing salon for us at Groupe Scolaire Cyarwa where we provide haircuts to children who study in the school. With the money we get, we pay for our and our family’s health insurance and some of our families’ needs’ said Alice
Having acquired vocational training and started their business helped the young women reduce their risk of HIV infection since they are able to provide their needs for themselves.
“This work occupies us, it prevents us from envying others and getting ourselves in sexual relationships to get money. Which may lead to HIV infection or non-desired pregnancies. Even Our siblings cannot lack of body lotions, soaps for we are now able to provide. We hope to expand their business and give jobs to other young women and more contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities as well. ” added Liliane
The program has since 2015 supported 200 girls and young women to acquire technical and vocational training and out this many have stared their businesses and others gained employment. They are able to meet their needs but also contribute towards their families’ social economic development.