George* is 18 years old and lives with his mother and five siblings in Malawi. When his father died, George was responsible for supporting the family but without a regular income, none of the children could afford to go to school and he didn’t have much hope for the future.
In 2016 our local project partner, MPC Nkhoma, identified George and his family as being vulnerable and he became part of WeSeeHope‘s vocational skills training programme. This programme teaches young people a craft and business skills, such as finances and marketing, so they can establish themselves as tailors, mechanics and hairdressers, for example.
After graduating from a carpentry training programme in early 2017, George made and sold his first bed and gave the profits to his mother so she could establish her own business selling fish.
Through the vocational skills training programme, George has been able to set up his own workshop where he can sell his products and train other young people in carpentry. He is busy making doors and window frames for the local community and training his apprentice, Elliot (pictured on the left).
With the money he has saved so far, George has invested further in his workshop – adding more tools to his kit – in order increase his profits and built a new house for him and his family. He is proud that he now has “securities that were once so insecure” to him; soon he hopes to send his siblings back to school and has ambitions to set up more businesses!
*Name has been change to maintain confidentiality.