In Tanzania, only about one in every three girls is enrolled in secondary school.
There’s a host of reasons, from teenage pregnancy and child marriage to poverty. But the result of dropping out of school is the same: fewer opportunities.
Meet two more young women who benefited from Plan’s job training.
Solitha had to drop out of school after fourth grade. She was an orphan, and spent most of her time taking care of her aunt, who has diabetes.
“I felt bad after dropping out,” Solitha says. “Without my own finances, I had to rely on my aunt, but life was difficult and I was unable to buy the things I needed, such as sanitary pads.”
She had almost given up hope of making a better life for herself until she heard through the local government offices about Plan International’s Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE) project. After being selected, Solitha took part in a six-month training course to learn tailoring skills provided by our project partner Vocational Educational Training Authority. Now, she runs her own tailoring shop where she also sells children’s and women’s fabrics and clothes.
“My life has changed since joining the course,” Solitha says. “Now I can make clothes and earn an income which makes me feel very happy. I am proud of my work and enjoy being my own boss. It has changed my life, from the way I look to the way I think.”