44.9% of Rwandans live below the poverty line, a majority of these being women. Subsisting on less than $2 a day, women, often with children and without a formal education, find themselves stuck in the cycle of poverty. They come from a variety of challenging life experiences: many are HIV-positive, single mothers, widowed, in abusive situations (or emerging from them), and all are living in poverty.
The New Life Family Center offers a one-year vocational training program that provides employable skills in tailoring or cosmetology, and childcare for children, all infused with Christian discipleship. Each year this program moves 95 women and their young children toward a better life.
Feeding the Mind
The vocational training programs offer these vulnerable women the opportunity to learn tailoring or cosmetology, vital skills offering a future of employment and the chance to escape poverty.
Feeding the Spirit
While a marketable skill is the aim of the training, transforming lives is the goal of the vocational training program. Weekly devotions are an ongoing part of the vocational training program. This emphasis on Christian principles results in many women giving their lives to Christ each year through the program.
Graduates of Africa New Life’s vocational training program include: a woman who started her own co-op with other graduates, several women who have started their own independent businesses in Kigali, and many others who are employed throughout the city.
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