A young woman who completed a training course funded by Blythswood Care is now running her own business and supporting a younger sister who is still in school.
Teresa, now 24, received instruction in sewing at Harare Shelter’s empowerment programme in 2015. Now she manufactures seat covers and children’s clothes which are sold in South Africa.
As a teenager, her father’s ill health contributed to her own poor performance at school. With no qualifications she went to South Africa to work – illegally – as a baby minder. Her deportation back to Zimbabwe coincided with the death of her father.
“She was traumatised by the loss of her dad,” says Stephen Damuputirai, director of Harare Shelter. “The whole family depended on him.
“That was when I invited her to Harare Shelter’s training centre. It was a turning point in her life. By supporting this programme, Blythswood Care is changing the lives of many people here in Zimbabwe.”
photo above: Teresa was given the training she needed to set up her own small business.