Nicolas and his young family live in eastern Uganda. He was born with “legs that don’t work”.
His disability made it hard to find work, and not too long ago he’d resorted to begging on the street to try and feed his family.
He knew this was no way to provide for his family, and eventually was able to rent a sewing machine and set up a small business as a tailor. He also took out a loan to rent a room to work in.
While Nicolas was happy to finally find work where his disability didn’t disadvantage him, paying these rents as well as interest on his loan meant he wasn’t making a profit.
In fact, he was barely staying afloat and wasn’t able to send his daughters to school.
Nicolas began taking part in local World Vision activities, and thanks to the Gifts-in-kind program, gained access to a sewing machine. Not having to rent a machine meant Nicolas could start making a profit and put aside some savings.
With these savings Nicolas was finally able send his daughters to school.
Nicolas has been able to grow his small tailoring business and now enjoys a steady income. But he hasn’t forgotten how it feels to struggle.
Nicolas has purchased two more sewing machines, and now donates his time free of charge to teach two young local mothers how to sew.
He chose the mothers as they were school drop-outs with babies to feed. By teaching them the tailoring trade, Nicolas hopes they will be able to support themselves and their young families.
The Gifts-in-kind program has helped to transform Nicolas’ life. “I was leading an invisible life before this [sewing] machine” he says.
Being the recipient of this kind donation helped Nicolas feel he was “worthy of a life of dignity”. It showed that someone, somewhere, believed in him.