“I used to sell vegetables at the market, but it didn’t pay off very well,” says 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 around 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 accomplished, 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. winner.
In fact, it illustrates the purpose of the training: to give women an additional option for earning 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 the chances of women to become more financially independent, which will benefit not only individuals but the country as a whole, ”she said, adding that she was also considering opening her own. sewing business.
Bangladeshi Lt. Col. Jahangir Alam explained that the training is part of the activities of peacekeepers to promote peacebuilding in the state.
To sustain their efforts, the contingent handed over three sewing machines to the Ministry of Gender, allowing them to train more women in the region.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
© Press release 2021