Florence comes from a single-parent family, raised by her mother. Her father left home when she was 9 years old, which has meant her mother has worked extremely hard making and selling bricks to see all her children complete Secondary Four education.
Two of Florence’s siblings suffer from sickle cell anaemia, which has placed extra economical strain on the family. As a result, her mother could not support her children’s education any further and Florence’s future was in doubt. For income, Florence starting making pancakes, and then was supporting her mother making bricks in season.
“I choose tailoring because the demand for clothes is high, and although there are some tailors in the community, I aim to work hard in my training to make me a different tailor and above all a better one.
There is also a potential market for fabric. My community is a developing area and has many upcoming schools in my area. The demand for uniforms is high and when I inquired from the teachers and parents where they were buying their school uniforms from, they said they buy them from Kampala, which creates an opportunity in the local area.”