RAKAI. Inside her two roomed house at Kabingo Village, in Rakai District ,is where Noeline Nakajubi houses her hair dressing business.
She started it in a rented room after graduating as a DREAMS project trainee late last year.
But barely six months into her job , Nakajubi was able to raise money and supported her spouse to build their own house.
In the same saloon, she sells sandals and own-made jewellery ; and further trains girls in hair dressing and crafts making which she says sees her earn more.
All these are avenues to diversify her income.”It works for me because on a bad day, when hair dressing clients are there ,I can sell shoes or jewellery and get some money to support the family ”
Her creativity as she says,is because of the lessons learnt from the Saving and Internal Lending Communities-SILC.
SILC is a component under the DREAMS project training where trainees are taken through financial management, saving and borrowing as well as managing small businesses.
“We also learnt that saving is key in business growth and through savings, I have been able to see my saloon grow,” The mother of one shares,saying her business is now valued at Shs 1 million.
This is what has become of the 22 -year -old who formerly struggled to survive after dropping out of school.
This development has seen the former hopeless mother, immensely indebted to Kitovu Mobile for making her future bright.
She says she had spent years of uncertainty with no idea of what to do for a livelihood.
“Kitovu Mobile picked me from scratch, availed me with sustainable skills and here I am making money,” Nakajubi happily shares
To express her gratitude Nakajubi wants to give her enterprise a brand name which reflects Kitovu Mobile, tasking the project coordinator to choose it for her.
“Yes! It is the only way to show my appreciation and recognition to Kitovu Mobile’s strong hand in improving my livelihood,” she stresses
Recalling her sour past
After her Senior Four examinations in 2013, Nakajubi says she couldn’t continue with studies. “I wanted to go for a vocational course ,but my parents could not afford paying for my tuition”
This bred a shadow of uncertainty, leaving her to stay in the village. She says she banked on men for survival and eventually got pregnant- something she says made things worse.
But that was then, today Nakujubi steers development because she earns some money which has seen her spouse respect and love her more.