Covid-19:Birungi,empowerd AGYW stitches wrecked livelihood by making masks

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Covid-19:Birungi,empowerd AGYW stitches wrecked livelihood by making masks

Birungi making masks. She got a tender to supply as many as she could. All Photos by Moses Muwulya.

By Moses Muwulya,Communication Officer

Coronavirus has wrecked economies. It has left Countries,companies,families and  households struggling to stay afloat.  But for Jacent Birungi, a tailor, who was equipped with this vocation skill by Kitovu Mobile, the infamous pandemic has  got her a business opportunity after getting a tender to make reusable masks.

The 20-year-old is among the thousands of  Adolscent Girls and Young Women (AGWY) on the DREAMS project that have been selected to make masks for Rakai Health Science Program.

Using her tailoring machine, which she had just bought Birungi spends most of her time making masks. This has changed her lock down story from lamenting, like many teenage mothers, to making money for her survival.

Before getting the deal,Birungi was already making masks selling them to locals in Rakai District,where residents have overwhelmingly embraced wearing masks as the neighborhood nears Tanzania boarder,which is becoming a risky area as many  truck drivers have emerged positive of the disease.

Pictorial :The stages she takes to make a mask