Nancy and Catherine are youth reporters and ICS volunteers who have just finished their placement with Restless Development Uganda. During their placement, they meet an inspirational young woman named Peace.
As Youth Reporters, we are always trying to identify the hidden and look out for stories that inspire and motivate us to bring about change and youth development.
Nanangwe Peace, age 27 is a phenomenal woman. She is a mother, business lady and treasure of Afaayo Youth Development Group in Nakirubi village a placement in Kangulumira sub-county.
Peace the youth group leader
Peace has always been passionate about bringing young people together, which motivated her to become a youth group leader. As a leader, she has the responsibility to give counselling to fellow youths and says that “it is very important if the youths trust you with their problems”.
It can be challenging as a youth group leader. Peace finds it hard to work with some young people who are sometimes too proud to share their problems. However, she doesn’t let this affect her motivation and desire to bring them together.
“Many young people in my community are not in school because their parents can not afford school fees.” Peace said that being out of school can lead to many of the young girls becoming teenage mothers. Some young people turn to crime.
Peace and her two children at a trigger drama rehearsal for the youth group.
We asked Peace about the possible solutions to the problems she listed and she said that young people need to be educated in vocational skills. Young people are willing, but lack of access to capital prevents them from succeeding.
Peace said that Restless Development is supporting the youths in her community, training them in various skills. She would like to see the Government of Uganda providing young people with capital so that they can put into action the skills they have acquired.
Peace the businesswoman
Peace started making and selling bags in 2018. she was inspired by a bag sample in Kampala and decided to make one for herself since she already knew how to use a sewing machine. When People saw the sample she started getting orders!
Buisness is good for Peace who makes a good profit, selling small bags for 40,000/= (Ush). The business has meant peace is self-sufficient and is able to sustainably afford day to day life and activities like rent, and feeding herself and her children.
Peace explaining to Cathy the process of making her bags.
A major challenge for peace business is customers ordering the bags on credit and taking longer to pay for them.
Nancy is a lawyer and youth Advocate: "I love to write and I am always aiming to inspire and motivate others while bearing in mind that there is no greater sadness than keeping an untold story inside."
Nancy Ongom is a Law Graduate (LLB) from Uganda Christian University-Mukono. She is very passionate about Human Rights and Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and have recently completed a Trainer of Trainers (TOTs) certificate Course in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
Nancy Ongom volunteers with Youth Led Organizations and actively engages in civic participation and was implementing a change project on Menstrual Hygiene Management before closure of schools. Engaging young girls and boys in Primary schools and also introducing them to the aspect of social accountability and advocacy.
Nancy Ongom is currently a member of National Youth Engagement Network (NYEN Uganda) and a Youth Compact Champion.