OUR SUCCESS STORY - WOMEN AT WORK INTERNATINAL (WAWI).
In HIMA, Kasese District is a lady, DEBORAH TWINOMUGISHA, a former Commercial Sex Worker (CSW). She is the focus of our success story.
When WAWI started operations in HIMA T/C, Kasese District, our field officers got in touch with the City MAYOR and the DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICER for guidance and advice.
To their surprise, the officials were quite skeptical about the ability for the Program to succeed, though there were in support of it.
- 1. The CSW’s in HIMA were carrying out their activities from their residences and designated bars. Therefore the chance of contacting them to introduce the program seemed difficult.
- 2. The Community in HIMA did not appreciate the concept of using condoms as they regarded them as taboo, while others just did not know or want to use them.
These challenges made the implementation of the program seem impossible.
However, this did not deter our field officers from looking for ways to make contact with the area CSW’s and devising ways of implementing the program.
It was not long before our Field Officers made their first contact with a CSW known as DEBORAH TWINOMUGISHA.
Deborah originally hails from Mbarara and she ended up in HIMA due to PEER INFLUENCE, with intentions of earning a living.
She has been a Commercial Sex Worker for over 6 years, but as we speak, she is now a self motivated business woman.
After her contact with the WAWI field team & having the program introduced to her, she became interested, introduced it to her fellow CSW’s, hence the birth of a new territory.
Some of the CSW’s were skeptical about the ability of the program delivering what it was preaching, but maintained their allegiance with the program.
Deborah became interested in the Income Generating Activities, singling out hair braiding as an alternative income generating activity suitable for her.
She took the hair braiding training seriously and within a short while she had acquired the required skills and ready to carry out the activity without much hassle.
She perfected her acquired skills through tutoring her colleagues at the Drop in center, before she adopted the idea of starting to braid customers from her home. This was due to the fact that she had no money to facilitate her set up a salon.
Deborah managed to save some money, which helped her rent a small place to further continue with the hair braiding services after adding on male hair cuts.
Her revenue collections improved and this paved way for her current juice & fruit parlour she boasts of. This is one of the unique kiosks in HIMA because it provides well blended fruit juice that is sold to the employees of HIMA Cement factory.
This was a ready market for her fruits and juice, and more revenue collections led to her setting up a Kiosk/grocery, which she looks at as her main or future main business and other passerby’s.
As a point to note, she has now joined the farming industry by purchasing some land and ready to start any time. At the same time, she belongs to the “Pass a Goat” WAWI development scheme. Her goat is still healthy and is now pregnant.
OUR SUCCESS POINTS TO NOTE:
- WAWI has managed to break through the HIMA community who now practice safe sex and have appreciated the proper and consistent use of condoms.
- DEBORAH TWINOMUGISHA is our selected lady for a success story & also currently our Senior Peer Educator, because she was our first contact in HIMA, grown to be an aggressive business lady and we can confidently say she is NO LONGER a CSW because she is showing signs of further Entrepreneurship & development.