“My title is Agnes Kenderman. I’m 19 years outdated and I stay in New Kru City, Monteserrado County, with my mom and my son. My group chosen me for the coaching programme.
My mom is ill, and my father died a very long time in the past, through the civil struggle. I’ve one older brother. We didn’t have a lot rising up, we regarded right here and there for meals to eat, and survived locally, like everybody else did, by way of hustling.
One afternoon, I feel I used to be about 5 years outdated, and I used to be serving to my brother to fry fish which our mom was later going to promote available in the market. I don’t know what occurred that day however earlier than I knew it,
I had fallen into the new oil. I’m fortunate that my brother saved me earlier than my face bought burnt. I don’t know what would have occurred to me.
Surviving home violence
Our mom was a market girl promoting fish, pepper, and different small issues like greens if she bought them. I used to be cooking and taking care of the house when she was away on the market, and my brother and I didn’t attend faculty.
She married one other man after our father died. He was not variety to us in any respect and he drunk loads of alcohol. I can bear in mind how he used to beat our mom many occasions.
It was painful and I used to be at all times quiet and feared him, however my brother would try to cease him from beating our mom, and he would flip and hit my brother badly. Every time he or anybody tried to harass me, my brother protected me.
After about 5 years he determined to go away us alone. Then our mom turned very sick and he or she couldn’t assist the household, life was onerous.
Now, my brother is married together with his personal spouse and youngsters. He needed to transfer out on his personal. And now I’m the one one taking care of our mom right here, and likewise my son.
Cooking up a brighter future
My life has improved since I used to be chosen to participate on this programme. I’m a lot happier, and I get respect from the group.
I realized catering – which includes cooking, making bread, brief bread, cookies, pastries and various things. I educated for 3 months. After the coaching, they gave us flour, oil, butter, sugar, milk, yeast, flavour, measuring cups, baking powder and milk. These things lasted for one month.
We needed to stand up very early within the morning to go to the coaching centre. However after I considered what the coaching will make me turn into tomorrow, the advantages for me and my household, I simply shortly bought off the bed and ran!
Sooner or later I need to continue learning. I’m actually occupied with making desserts and icing for desserts for weddings and birthdays, and likewise need to cook dinner particular fried rice and salads.
Individuals prefer to eat and should you make one thing candy and attractive, they’ll come many times. Throughout Christmas and New Yr I made a lot cash from gross sales!
This coaching empowered me to be unbiased. I can now assist my household with cash and different bills”.
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