“I am grateful for the different skills I acquired from BeadforLife…especially multitasking, which has proven to be valuable in my businesses of bricks, chickens, renting houses and my Precious Moments School.”
Teddy Namuyiga graduated from BeadforLife in 2012. As 38-year-old single mother of three, Teddy had been devastated when her husband left her due to her daughter having a hearing impairment. Teddy visited the US in 2013 on BeadforLife’s Opportunity Tour. She shared her story with thousands of BeadforLife friends as well as her dream of opening a school. Two years after returning to Uganda, Teddy’s dream became a reality and she started an elementary school in her Nabbingo community.
Teddy’s Precious Moments Kindergarten serves Nabbingo and surrounding communities and has grown from 15 to 100 students. She employs eight teachers, two female cooks and one security guard. The students pay a school fees amount of 400,000 UGX ($108) per year. Since most of the parents have limited income, a reality Teddy relates to, they face challenges in making payments.
In Teddy’s true form of transforming challenges into opportunities, she created fundraising and saving initiatives. The school sells school shoes and also grows its own food like maize, potatoes and beans, which has reduced food expenses.
Thanks to BeadforLife’s training, Teddy now supports her own family while educating children in her community – her true passion. Teddy’s oldest daughter will graduate next year from university; her second daughter will be joining university this year, and her last born, with special needs is a student at Mengo School of the Deaf where she is learning hairdressing skills. Teddy feels like her dream has finally become a reality.
“BeadforLife helped me to believe in determination and hard work. This has greatly helped me to contribute to the change I desire to see in my community. Being featured in a US Magazine means that my hard work is acknowledged, this has inspired me to believe in myself and work harder. I also hope to visit America again.”
Throughout the next five years, Teddy hopes to increase the number of buildings and classes in her school and open up another campus of Precious Moments Kindergarten. Additionally, she plans to introduce a Street Business School savings education group into her community to help empower women.
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