Not every business will succeed, that’s a truth that every entrepreneur recognizes as they venture toward their goals. Although Aidah has been selling charcoal alongside her mother for many years, the business doesn’t make enough money to support her family. Therefore, one of the co-founders of 1000 Shillings introduced Aidah to a job as a cleaner for a local NGO in Mbale.
“1000 Shillings has impacted me by helping me find a job to support my family,” says Aidah. Even though this isn’t her own business, Aidah asserts that working as a cleaner for a local NGO has given her the financial power to battle a weakening business.
“For now, I am making more with the cleaning business,” explains Aidah.
SAVING FOR THE FUTURE
Aidah has been able to apply the business training she learned through 1000 Shillings, and started saving. She has been able to save up over 500,000 thousand shillings ($200 U.S. dollars), an incredible amount considering two years ago Aidah was making less than $1 a day. Now she saves for her future.
“I want to buy land in Namabasa,” she says. Namabasa is a rural town, which neighbors Namatala. Aidah strives to live a life outside of the slums.
Aidah is a recent convert to the Christian faith/church. She joined in January 2012, moved by the death of her second husband and desired a sense of foundation and security, community. The Lighthouse Family Church operates within the Child of Hope School in Namatala. Many community members attend the non-denominational Christian service every Sunday. Aidah serves as an usher here, welcoming guests and helping them to a seat. Throughout the church service, Aidah flows in and out of the room. She periodically greets the late-arrivals. Moses, the pastor, participates in some songs before diving into his hour-long sermon. Some audience members follow the scripture readings in their Bible and even take notes on Moses’ commentary. Outside, Aidah has a keen ear on the service and can be found singing along to the familiar songs.