We See Hope in Obert, Irene & Jane
A Story from Malawi
Before Obert* (pictured left) was trained as a tailor, he was living with a lack of food, clothes, soap, and other basic necessities. At 16 years of age and out of school, he would have had to start doing piece work (odd bits of manual labour) to earn money.
In 2013, Obert was trained to be a tailor as part of our Vocational Training Programme, and given the tools to set up his own business. Now, at the age of 20, he has built his own house, purchased a bicycle, bought fertilizer to grow sweet potatoes, and also two goats. Through this, he has been able to help his mother and also trained two other young people in his community, one of whom is Irene* (pictured middle).
Irene is 18 years old, and is from a family of nine children. Her mother left her in 2007 and later her father abandoned her, leaving her to live with her older sister. However, when her sister got married, Irene had to live on her own; for three years she lived alone and because she failed her primary school exams, she could not go to secondary school.
In 2017 Obert started training Irene to be a tailor and provided with her own tool kit and materials, which is now helping her to have money for food and other basic necessities. She is also now building her own house and training another young lady called Jane* (pictured right) who was in need of help.
Jane dropped out of school when she was 14, having lost both of her parents at a young age, and lives with her grandparents. Irene knew Jane from her village and when she graduated as a tailor started use her skills to train Jane, who is now seven months into her training!
*Names have been changed to maintain confidentiality.