“Now I’m living out my dream,” Bukurija said. “I’m a different person: I’m driving my car after many long years. I’ve started to have a smile on my face. I’ve started to work [in the field] I was dreaming about. I’m enjoying every single moment. Now my son is going to kindergarten, and I have a purpose for living. I’m so happy because I got my diploma and the opportunity to work… I’m so grateful to all the staff.”
The Sad Red Zelfija doll with a big heart is always there for everybody. The Happy Blue doll does not just live for everyone else.
As a beginner in the field with no previous knowledge of sewing, she progressed quickly. Meanwhile, she also started to relate well with the other ladies in the STEP programme.
Ayete has been able to tell her story as part of Operation Mercy’s community motivational meetings which have kicked off the pilot year of a brand new project –
The Project offers a program of Life -, Business – and Vocational skills training, in areas such as tailoring, hairdressing and cake decoration. And the net we were throwing out was especially looking for vulnerable women who had lost husbands for whatever reason.
“Now I’m living out my dream,” Bukurija said. “I’m a different person: I’m driving my car after many long years. I’ve started to have a smile on my face.
STEP aims to help women who are inactive in the workforce to have the confidence, resilience and support to move ahead despite others thinking they have no future as husband-less women.