“I did not know that black soap is useful for the skin, I just thought is used for fetish reasons, but now I know better. I can also make the soap and I can talk to anyone about its usefulness”- Kenny 2019, Black soap unit graduate.
Testimonies like this and many more were what we had during the graduation ceremony on September 20th, 2019. On this day we celebrated with 14 of our beneficiaries who have successfully completed the training program. The graduates from the bamboo unit will be moving on into a 3 months mentorship program within the organization. They will be given start-up support and will be guided to set up their own cooperative within the community. Meanwhile, the graduates from the black soap unit who have completed both the 5 months training program and the 3 months mentorship program will now be supported to start their own projects within the community. We will also be employing some of them as craft women within the unit.
This is one of the things we want to see happening in communities. That people not only learn skills but are also using these skills to earn a living.