Beatrice’s joyful spirit is an inspiration to everyone she meets. She has a generous laugh with a smile that lights up the room. Beatrice is one of the founding tailors of Kampala Fair, a fashion and interior design company. She has worked for the company since 2010 during which time she has helped to get the brand off the ground.
Mbarara is a town in the Western Region of Uganda. Mbarara gained its name from the colonial mispronunciation of the local word "Emburara," a tall green grass favored by the Ankole long-horned cow. Mbarara is the largest urban center and main business capital of Western Uganda, a region commonly referred to as "the land of milk and honey." Learn more about Mbarara.
Although Beatrice has experienced incredible challenges in her life, she does not allow herself to be defined by them. She has found the peace that comes with knowing her immediate and extended family will be well taken care of due to her work at Kampala fair. Before this job, Beatrice struggled to support herself and family.
Today, her earnings have allowed her to support her parents, ensure that sister finish school, and have even provided her with enough money to buy land and build a home, a rare symbol of independence among Ugandan women.
In Uganda parents pay for their children’s education from the age of 6 (primary school) until age of 18 (secondary education). Payments are broken up over three times a year. In a country where 23 percent of head of households have no formal education, this is often a financial burden for families with low income. Often the fees exceed the household income and as a result children are often forced out of the education system.
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