Case Story – Dannie Dzodzi
Dannie Dzodzi is my name and I come from Misi Village Traditional Authority Msakambewa in the district of Dowa. When I heard that DAPP Dowa Teachers Training College was offering a tailoring course to adolescent girls and young women who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, I didn’t waste time to grab the opportunity with both hands as I was a small scale farmer and was struggling to buy basic needs that could sustain my relatives and I.
After graduating in April 2018, we received start up tools from DAPP as a way of helping us to startup businesses in groups of three known as trio’s, I decided to start up my own tailoring business at home using the skill I got from DAPP Dowa satellite center as I had brought my own sowing machine after selling some of my farm produce from the bounty harvest I had in 2017/2018 season and the money I accumulated as my share from the Trio tailoring business.
With this business, I am not only able to make enough money to sustain myself, but to also inspire other girls and young women in my village and let them know that hard work pays. From my savings, I have so far managed to buy two goats with an aim of selling them when they multiply. This will be another business which will help me to help my relatives financially without any difficulties because I am the first born child in my family.
I thank DAPP Dowa for this helpful program that has changed my life. Now I am able to stand on my own and make a difference in my community.