Lucy Mthali is 27 years old comes from Nkhatabay district, Malawi. She was born with a disability. Lucy went to school up to form two but left due to pregnancy. After delivery of her child Lucy could not continue with her education as there was no money for her school fees. She was worried about her future and how she would be able to support her child. However in April 2019 Lucy was selected to take part in the tailoring training programme. The course included lessons in basic business management, HIV and AIDS, organic manure production, gender awareness and reproductive health. After training Lucy received a sewing machine and some start up materials.
When she came back home, Lucy rented a shop and started her tailoring business. She has been able to win the trust of many customers in her area and her monthly income has been in the range of Mk 20,000.00 to Mk 30,000.00 per month. Lucy no longer worries about her future and is able to support herself, her child and her family. Lucy is also able to pay for her child’s pre-school education. Her future plan is to buy another sewing machine and employ an assistant to help her meet the demands of her customers. Lucy is very thankful to GCT Tools and Training for Livelihood Project for transforming her life and giving her hope for the future.