What a year 2013 has been – a lot of setbacks in my personal life, but a lot of progress for JARDS.
We trained 35 women in entrepreneurial skills this year and weaving. In November we added another element to JARDS – Bakery, we taught 25 women who were sponsored by the Life Changers Ministries how to bake scones & breads and samoosas for sale. My mom is a jack of all trades – not only does she teach how to weave (where i learnt my skill from) she also teaches cloth making, bakery, pig rearing as well as adult literacy. We have another training set for 15th January.
We are just trying to see how we can pool our skills together – maybe the next step for us is establishing a skills development centre…
I have had a number of collaborations lately. I will be conducting a training with Monika Visy who is a chartered accountant with Barclays Bank. She set up a charity called Ba$e Budget and she is going to conduct trainings in four Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lilongwe & Nairobi. I met her through One Young World. She is a 2013 ambassador and although I did not attend it, she searched through the One Young World database to see who she can work with and voila – dream team :)!
I also recently collaborated with a very skilled young lady Maria Thundu to create these lovely handbags
JARDS are making the hand bag handles and the Sweet Life are making the actual bag using local bright beautiful cloth.
And as icing to end the new year, I have been named by Under35CEO as #1 Most Promising Entrepreneur under 35 for Africa for 2013 – its a great recognition and I am sure the award will open exciting new doors for myself as well as for JARDS.
Cant wait to see what 2014 brings – I hope less the bad and more of the good :)
Best wishes to you all – lets make the most of the year!