From Struggle to Success – Dorah’s Investment in Herself
Dorah Nabayinda, 28, is a mother of three beautiful children. Before Street Business School, she ran a stone quarry business, earning a mere profit of 3,000 UGX ($1 US) with her investment of 30,000 UGX ($9 US) to deliver stones to her customers. Dorah worked tirelessly and felt such despair with little momentum and less support from her husband. She continually struggled to pay school fees for her children, rent, and to feed her family.
In 2014, Dorah became a part of Street Business School and experienced a turning point. She then joined a community of women who were going through similar challenges and began to feel love and support. Dorah’s spark happened here, and she was inspired to stay positive about her situation and work hard to be more supportive to her husband and family. The money she earns has empowered her to do so much, saving 150,000 UGX ($40) to launch a charcoal business in her neighborhood. She’s identified a unique business opportunity in her community, as there are only two other similar businesses.
With hard work and perseverance, Dorah has doubled her income, saving $1 a day in her savings box at home and $3 per week in her women’s saving group, which is money she will earn at the end of the year. Dorah is feeling such life now, as she provides the basic necessities for her family, and her husband is appreciative.
This opportunity “has given me love, coaching and skills to find balance that brings a better life. Mothers in Uganda carry so much on our shoulders… we must find balance that supports our strong motherly love for our children,” says Dorah.
Dorah is grateful to Street Business School for the confidence she’s gained and for learning the culture of saving that enabled her to launch her charcoal business. She has big dreams and together with her husband, plans to own a house of their own someday. Dorah’s hardworking and strong motherly spark is lighting her way to bigger and better opportunities for her family.
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