Sandra was one of the first participants of the program, which started in 2013. Training in business skills and leadership provided her not only with the entrepreneurial knowledge she needed to open her own hair salon, but also with the confidence to succeed. She uses these skills to manage the day-to-day financial side of the business and also to create a strategy in order to remain competitive against other salons near her own. “The training taught me to identify the difference between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’, make good financial decisions... I use all of this knowledge to run my business successfully.”
Sandra is the only person in her family to have started a business, and her profits enable her to meet her family’s needs. She was even able to use some of her income to build a house for her family. Her business has been successful enough for her to hire an employee to help with the day-to-day operations.
“My family are proud of me because I am a young lady in charge of her own business and I am a role model in my community.”
“I have a plan to empower other young women by training them in vocational skills...I know these skills can go a long way in the life of a village girl who is trying to establish herself.”