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The power of training: sex worker to salon owner

Former Ugandan sex workers have turned their lives around and are thriving thanks to Plan International-supported skills and business training.

54,000 girls under 18 are forced into the sex trade in Uganda. However, a girl doesn’t need much to turn her life around.

In this video we see how Hawa, a graduate of a Plan International-supported project, has set up her own business. Through a skills training course implemented by our partner UYDEL, she learned her trade and gained business skills.

She saved US$290 from sex work to pay rent for her salon and buy equipment. She now earns between US$9 and US$14 per day and has big dreams of owning a larger salon and training other girls.

This video is the last in a series about our work to support young sex workers in Uganda.

Learn more about Plan International's work to promote girls' economic rights and help them to thrive