Prevocational skills – my only hope

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In Tanzania, Adolofina Manyika wakes up early to take her two young children aged 4 years and 6 months old to her mother before heading to work. She works as a tout-a job that is not commonly done by women, especially in the rural areas of Tanzania. She persuades passengers to board public buses commonly known as mzunguko. It is a tough job because she competes against aggressive rowdy men. Most people in Tanzania only settle for this job when there are no other opportunities. She earns about Tzs. 4000 a day (one and a half US dollars), an amount too little to sustain her and settle the rent for her single room.

With COL’s support, the Institute of Adult Education (IAE), Tanzania, provided vocational skills training to Adolofina to enable her to launch a business and cater for her children. “If I can acquire the prevocational skills such as soap making, batik or nutritious flour making, it will be a turning point in my life. I can do something decent like having a small business and sell my products to earn a good income and improve my life as well as the lives of my children,” Adolofina said when she joined the IAE.

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