Meet Isaac, a 24-year-old from Kibera. He is a beneficiary of the Heshima Project training that took take place in Kibera.
Isaac was born in and raised in Kibera. He stays with his mother who is a single parent and acted as his only guardian since his father passed away while he was young. They survive on an average less than a dollar per day and that is why he could not manage to complete his studies; school fees proved to be a challenge to his family.
With his history, he became ambitious and ready to grab on any opportunity thrown at him. From his interview Isaac said he got to hear about Heshima Project from their community Whatsapp group and there after enrolled, ready to learn and help his mother with this new skill he was to acquire. Isaac claims that he has had the interest in tailoring ever since he saw his friend design and tailor but never really had that opportunity to learn it.
Trainer claims that Isaac came out as a weak and slow learner during the initial days of training but as weeks progressed, he proved otherwise. His determination and zeal to learn was indescribable and his hard work was something out of this world.
ISAAC AFTER TRAINING
Isaac is one of the beneficiaries grouped up and opened a small shop together with John Odhiambo They major on designing and tailoring outfits. The average amount of income they receive in a day is ranging (sh.100 – sh.500).
It’s a startup business and still in its birth stage but Isaac and his team believe that with the persistent and the effort in which they are putting in, the business will grow and yield more so that they can be able to open up individual tailoring shop for each.
The team operates with an average of 19 tailoring machines and use Center facility as their reference office when it comes to customer interactions.
Isaac is really grateful for the opportunity and has promised to encourage not only himself but youths in Kibera to embrace these opportunities and hence grow as a community.
Isaac is working towards opening his own shop in 5years time and being able to support his mother financially.
He is open for any support offered to him and ready to embrace any opportunity that may come his way.
Among the products they make are: school Uniforms, Hand bags, African kitenge among any other special orders from their clients.