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ENTREPRENEUR TRAINING A TURNING POINT FOR MS. ANGUCIA
Jane Angucia 45 years old and mother of 5 from Yivu sub-county , Maracha District in Panani women’s group made up of 23 women has greatly benefited from the Days for Girls Kit training in conjunction with SNV and is now training others in making liquid soap, reusable sanitary pads and bags. Having been recommended by RICE-WN, she has managed to make 6 twenty liter jerry cans of liquid soap and trained five more people who can now make liquid soap on their own and one person is able to make the reusable pads competently since the training in Nov/ 2015.
She sells a liter of soap at 2000 Ugandan shillings and a kit of reusable pads at 15000 Ugandan shillings together with the bag. In a month she earns an extra income of about 180,000 Ugandan shillings and she says the training has managed to improve the lives of women health wise with the use of reusable pads which she says are durable for up to three years and do not cause health problems if used properly.
She says this training has been a turning point for her as she now earns more money from the items she makes compared to her previous earnings from teaching only before getting the training. She distributes to schools especially during school days, homesteads, market and hospitals. Due to her success other women have been inspired to learn such skills from her. According to the reports she gets from school buyers, Jane says liquid soap which is poured in the water requires one just to wash and rinse, therefore it is more economical compared to soap which pupils use and sometimes decide to take.
“I get more business especially during school days because that’s when there is higher demand, some people are even already asking for more liquid soap unfortunately the materials for making are done”
Due to the good benefits other women have shown interest and are willing to start learning the skills for example Pazo group, Ofude, Yivu, Oleba and Mbaffe who join her for trainings on Saturdays.
The challenges she has met especially is with the low demand for reusable pads as most of the girls prefer using disposable ones however she encourages that its healthier using reusable pads and fortunately they even last for three years and are cheaper in the long run.
“There have been many deaths in our area of women dying from cancer of the womb, women don’t mind about the chemicals that disposable pads have, that’s why I use reusable pads to avoid such diseases.”
When asked how she heard about RICE-WN , it was through radio and visitations, sensitization on use of latrines at schools and RICE-WN function at Tara on malaria prevention. Jane applauded RICE-WN for her good works and encouraged her to continue transforming communities. She also added that they had drawn a business plan for around one year which they were yet to print and submit to RICE-WN for advice and support so as to expand the business.