Yanjanani Chasowa, 20, with a 9-month-old child, from Group Village Head Nsanje, Traditional Authority Mlilima, in Chikwawa district is one of the young mothers who have benefited from Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) project in pad sewing.
Yanjanani used to be one of the adolescent girls in the village who depended on buying pads at a grocery. Yanjanani was spending a lot of money to buy the pads.
With the coming in of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGWY) project, Yanjanani is now able to sew doormats, face masks and pads using locally available resources.
“I no longer go to the market to buy pads, face masks and doormats since I am able to sew them on my own,” said Yanjanani.
She learned the skills of sewing different materials following a vocational training sessions that Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) through AGYW project conducted to Nsanje Village Development Committee (VDC) out of school club which Yanjanani joined.
Yanjanani said that she was also trained on
Village Savings Loans (VSLs) so that she could be saving money and start small scale businesses.
“I do a small-scale business of selling vegetables and from the money I get, I do contribute to the VSL which I belong.
The Peer Educator of the club, Aida Chikoti said that the club members are also trained on how to produce doormats from vocational skills they received by CRECCOM under AGYW project.
“The club members were trained on how to make door mats so that they should be making profits to support themselves,” said Chikoti
Tiyanjane said that she is able to buy basic needs that she used failed to fail to afford before receiving trainings on VSL and vocational skills training from Nsanje VDC out of school club.
“I am able to buy books, pens, pay school fees, provide pocket money for myself and buy soap and other basic needs for my child with the money I get after selling doormats, face masks and pads,” said Tiyanjane.