Scissors for Success!

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Project Code: UGA-YIM-SFS-P01


This high quality, professional and holistic hairdressing course will provide 20 Ugandan marginalised youth with the practical market-ready skills and techniques required to commence their own business or obtain meaningful employment. The course will also teach business and entrepreneurship training in order for businesses to thrive. In addition, our partners plan to implement a high-quality social enterprise hairdressing program to help generate a sustainable income and teach more vulnerable youth for years to come.

Why support this:

This project follows on from two successful sewing projects with our grassroots partner in busy Kampala. We appreciate their hearts for disadvantaged youth and the great progress they have made over the past seven years. Our partners are also involved in the music industry in East Africa and have used their personal funds and growing performance profile to support the poor and marginalised. We like the way they support the students in all aspects of what’s needed through an encouraging and supportive environment. The course is designed to a high standard to give graduates multiple competitive edges. Once students graduate, very little capital is needed to start a thriving business either from home or as a mobile business.

Budget: $17,600 for a one-year project

The Need:

Since the brutal leadership of Idi Amin in the 1970s, Uganda has suffered the devastating effects of civil war, HIV/AIDS and rebel conflict, claiming the lives of the parents of more than two million children. There are many disadvantaged families and young people as a result. Uganda has the youngest population in the world, with 75% under the age of 30. One of the biggest challenges facing youth is unemployment. Finding ways to economically empower younger people will not only help the youth but will help to develop the whole nation.

Expected Life Change:

  • Income-generating skills will provide a sustainable income for participants to help support themselves and their families
  • Young people will feel empowered to live fruitful, successful lives and will be less vulnerable to crime and the damaging effects of unemployment
  • Students will learn good teamwork and the value of putting back into their communities

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