Driving through Entebbe, Kampala, Lugazi, Jinja…maybe any town in Uganda…the scene smacks familiar. Men, women and children everywhere on the streets are walking, sitting, standing…just…milling.
There’s not exactly excess in the way of job opportunity. Cultivating technical skills and any education requires fees for the schools attended. Riding on a boda through a typical Ugandan town, you see might see this guy.
You might assume stuff.
This is Zeus. He is from a western district in Uganda called Busenyi. He has four sisters and four brothers back home. For almost a year now, Zeus has been a shoemaker for Sole Hope.
‘I have four brothers and four sisters left at home. I use part of the money I make to help to pay school fees for two of my brothers.’
Zeus dropped out of technical school because he couldn’t afford the cost and found work with a local shoe factory. Conditions and wages not optimal, he left the factory to join up with Sole Hope.
Sole Hope isn’t putting a Hello Kitty Bandaid on a gaping wound. The key to lasting change for many of the problems in Africa is simply…the opportunity to work.
Yes, on top of eradicating foot-related diseases, Sole Hope is going here, too.
Zeus is engaged to be married and he is excited about starting this new phase in his life. His job with Sole Hope will allow him to provide for his new family.
‘I am comfortable with my pay and I will make shoes as long as I can.’
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