Prim is 33 years old. She is married with four children and has minimal education. She happily describes her culinary training achievement as “regaining her self-dignity and worth as a woman.” Prim lost both parents at an early age and she had to leave school. She faced sexual, physical and psychological abuse, resulting in an early marriage. She hoped to find happiness and self-worth as a person, but the reality of her marriage was domestic violence and being called “useless” by her husband.
Prim has longed for a skill which would make her useful to her family and community, so being selected for culinary training was a “dream come true and the best thing that has ever happened in her life.” After completing her training, she received a micro-finance loan to start her own business. She bought an oven, rented a room, and began making bread. Prim is now able to contribute to running her home and, because of COVID-19, she has gained respect from her husband because he has been out of work and turned to her for support. There is now peace in her home, no further domestic violence. Her kids do not go to bed hungry. After experiencing this life transformation, Prim wishes all Kids First mothers to be able to gain a skill. She is anxious to begin helping as many mothers as possible with culinary training.
Kids First Uganda has trained five women in culinary, ten women in tailoring, two women in cosmetology, and two men are currently training in auto mechanics.
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