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Vocational training helps women increase their income

Clutching a baby on her back, 30 year-old Perina Nankang walks to the Kapoeta South Vocational Training Center to pursue a three month certificate in tailoring. She has to start her journey early. She wakes up at 5:00 am to prepare her four older children and her baby, and together they start the journey to the Vocational Training Centre. She says acquiring skills in tailoring will help her earn a decent living and also support her community.

 “I have been brewing local beer to raise money to pay school fees for my three school going children and also cater for my other family needs, but this work is hectic and communities are now discouraging people from consuming alcohol. This has affected my brewing business as clients no longer frequent my place to buy the local beer; the business is going down.” explains Perina, a mother of five, who lives in Kapoeta South County Eastern Equatoria State. “This vocational training is an opportunity for me to acquire a new descent, hustle free and respectable career, that I can be very proud of.” 

Perina Nakang learning how to sew clothes at Kapoeta vocational training centre
Perina Nakang learning how to sew clothes at Kapoeta vocational training centre.

Although still under training, Perina joins the women’s tailoring group which operates in Kapoeta market in the evenings. She is given simple tasks, like mending torn clothes, and paid a percentage of the amount received from the clothes she mends.  Perina is saving the earnings she gets from mending clothes to pay her children’s school fees and also cater for other family needs. She hopes to buy a sewing machine and make clothes in her compound. That way she will be able to work and at the same time care for her children. “It is difficult for women to work or even take advantage of training opportunities like the Plan International supported vocational training because they have to care for the children and also look for income generating opportunities to provide for the family. Repairing and sewing clothes at home will be a good  opportunity for me as I will be able to provide for my children and also bring them up as responsible people since I will have ample time to watch them grow” 

Just like Perina, over 55 women have benefitted from the tailoring programme facilitated by Plan International in collaboration with the community with funding from Plan Canada National Office and the United Nations Children  Fund (UNICEF).