“Before, I sold vegetables at the market, but it didn’t pay well,” explains Lucia Richard Ujang, a 35-year-old widow and mother of three. “Today I received a sewing machine for the best performance during training”.
Ms. Ujang talks about a six-week sewing course offered to about 30 women in Western Bahr-el-Ghazal state, organized by the Ministry of Gender and Bangladeshi troops serving with the United Nations Mission in Sudan South.
“I am proud of what I have achieved, and now I will open a shop in my house and offer sewing services to earn enough money to send my children to school,” Ms Ujang says with a smile. victorious.
In fact, she illustrates the purpose of the training: to give women an additional option to earn a living by teaching them to cut and design patterns, to sew and to knit.
Like many other interns, Anjolina Joseph did not have the money to complete her studies.
“I was lucky to be selected for this opportunity. Learning new skills increases women’s chances of becoming more financially independent, which will not only benefit individuals but the country as a whole,” she said, adding that she is also planning to open her own sewing business.
Bangladeshi Lt. Col. Jahangir Alam explained that the training is part of the activities of the peacekeepers to promote peacebuilding in the state.
To sustain their efforts, the contingent donated three sewing machines to the Ministry of Gender, enabling them to train more women in the area.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).