This month American Advisors Group is excited to learn about one of our girls named Promise. Last month, the girls were given the chance to attend a business training and leadership conference in the western part of Uganda. This conference aimed to teach ethical and practical business strategies. The girls developed their leadership skills and learned about the strategy of marketplace research.
Promise, who had expressed her interest in becoming a business woman, was the youngest girl to attend. Almost immediately, she displayed great potential as a leader. She introduced herself to more than 500 participants, volunteered to be the spokesman for her group, participated in a role play exercise on business techniques, and became the de facto photographer. And if that wasn’t enough, she courageously voiced her request to a training staff member to help her take what she had learned and share it with her school. She wanted to lead.
At the conclusion of the conference, its attendants enjoyed a “graduation” ceremony of sorts. The event was complete with certificates of accomplishment and lots of celebration dancing. The certificate was not just a piece of paper; it was a credential to prove that these women were equipped to share with their communities what they had learned from this event.
Weeks later at the girls’ Gulu house, a week-long business seminar was organized to teach the other girls within the home. And not surprisingly, the driving force behind this event was none other than our very own Promise.
In 2011, American Advisors Group became inspired by an organization in Uganda dedicated to rescuing, restoring, and empowering women who have been victimized by trafficking, violence, and poverty. This organization is called the Kwagala Project. Since then, American Advisors Group has made the Kwagala Project the anchor program for our AAG Foundation campaign. Every month, American Advisors Group raises money through different fundraisers to help support the house in Gulu where the girls live. Together, American Advisors Group and the Kwagala Project give the girls an opportunity to invest in their future. In addition, American Advisors Group works closely with the Second Harvest Food Bank collecting goods for Food Drives.
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