See How Agnes Tripled Her Income and Escaped the Slums of Uganda Without an Education.

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See How Agnes Tripled Her Income and Escaped the Slums of Uganda Without an Education.

Her journey from the slums to owning her own home.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been told that the way to get ahead in life is by getting a college degree. 

I’m sure most of your hands are raised! Many of us have been given this advice over the course of our entire lives. But what happens when you can’t afford the costs of going back to school OR the time it takes?  What if you need to make money now to provide for you and your family?   That was the case for AMONE AGNES.

Agnes came from the worst conditions imaginable living in the slums of Uganda. She and her five children lived in a dilapidated shack with dirt floors. The highest education she received was elementary level, and the ONLY jobs available to her were low-skilled, labor intensive jobs like washing clothes or factory work, barely earning her enough wages to survive. For Agnes, going back to school was impossible, making her completely unable to compete for jobs against anyone who actually had a degree.  BUT, Agnes found a way to overcome this!  

Here’s how Agnes tripled her income and escaped the slums without having to go back to school:  

  1. Skills Development
    • First thing Agnes did was ask herself what skills she could quickly develop that would allow her to start generating money immediately.  She knew school was out of her reach, so she scraped together 100,000 shillings in startup costs to join a Women’s Vocational Group. For the equivalent of about $30, she joined a business-minded community of women, where she was mentored in how to handcraft exquisite jewelry made out of scraps of recycled paper. Within HOURS of training, Agnes had dozens of handmade necklaces and bracelets to sell.
  2. Business Development
    • Next she needed to understand how to structure her pricing model and turn this inventory into a real business. With the guidance she received from the women’s group she was able to price her jewelry based on Quality, Cost of Materials, and the Time she put into making each piece. After developing her own pricing model and taking her product to market, she made 3 TIMES THE AMOUNT she was earning working full time packaging fish in a factory, AND it took her a fraction of the time.
  3. Job Stacking
    • After seeing the earning potential in selling handmade beaded jewelry and the little time it took to produce, Agnes decided that this small business would be a perfect way to supplement her income on her off time from her job at the factory.  She knew this could put her on the path to start earning enough to finally start saving up for a home. The one thing that was missing was a way for her to access buyers for her products outside of the local markets in Uganda. That’s when she started connecting with and building targeted relationships with the people who could help her reach her goals quicker.
  4. Global Partnerships
    • Finally, Agnes partnered with Wando International in their Women’s Bead Project. She was able to showcase her products online for the first time, which opened the door to buyers all over the world and helped her IMMEDIATELY increase her sales.  So much so, that within a few short months, Agnes saved up enough money to move her family out of the danger of the slums and into a home. Now she is leveraging the power of online marketing to continue to grow her business, WITHOUT ever having to go back to school.

Amone Agnes:  Going From Survive to THRIVE.

Not only was Agnes able to move her family out of the slums and escape extreme poverty, she was able to put her kids back in school, something considered only a luxury before. Agnes has FUTURE GOALS of investing into other small businesses as a way to provide security for herself and her family.  She’s using her jewelry business AND partnership with Wando International as the primary way to achieve those goals.

To help Agnes stay on the path to becoming completely self-sufficient, purchase of one of her UNIQUE, handcrafted Double-Band Bracelets today.  

By |2018-05-29T20:14:47+00:00May 29th, 2018|Bead Program, Extreme Poverty, UGanda|Comments Off on See How Agnes Tripled Her Income and Escaped the Slums of Uganda Without an Education.

About the Author:

For over 10 years Elizabeth has dedicated herself to serving others getting involved with outreach in her local community as well as international volunteer work in Haiti. In 2014 she learned of Michelle Huo’s work with Wando International to empower vulnerable women and children to shift the course of their lives. After taking her first trip to visit Wando’s projects in Uganda Elizabeth joined Michelle in 2015 to help her achieve her vision. Now Elizabeth is working to help students in third world countries like Uganda learn the skills that businesses and Non-Profits around the world want and need. By strategically partnering these students with SMB and Non-Profit organizations, they become empowered to lift themselves out of poverty while organizations benefit from increased revenue generation.

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