Streetlights Uganda alongside People Concern Children’s Project presented an exciting and impactful project showcase called Ntunga which saw a good number of women graduate on a Saturday afternoon last week on the 7th October 2017. The event was filled with colour and fun as it saw 7 out of the 15 women that joined the project graduate after successfully completing the program.
The Ntunga Project was started as a pilot program, 6 months back in Kibuli – Kasasizi Zone with 15 women joining the program. The initiative focused mostly on empowering and reskilling women in poverty stricken areas by teaching them sewing skills to improve on their livelihoods.
Why the name Ntunga?
The name of the project, “Ntunga” was derived from a Luganda word that means, “am sewing” which directly relates to what the program focuses on. During the last few months of the Ntunga project, women were taught the skills of using the sewing machine as a means to improving their way of life. They were given the knowledge of creating beautiful garment designs and other products that they would sale to gain a source of income for their households. The event took place in the slum areas of Kisasizi Zone, Kibuli and it received a good turn up of people including the Chief guest Mrs. Progress Chisenga, the Marketing Director for Vodafone Uganda who came to celebrate and wish the grandaunts the best in their future endeavors.
The event was organised by Streetlights Uganda at the People Concern Children’s Project located in Kibuli. The guests were entertained with a fashion showcase and a women’s exhibition before awarding certificates to the women that had completed the program.
Uganda needs to have more of such projects that empower women with valuable skills that help improve their daily lives.