A Single Mom and Blossoming Entrepreneur

Soko is a 33-year-old single mother of two small children and pregnant with her third child. Men have come and gone throughout her life and so she doesn’t know who the fathers of her children are. She dropped out of school in 4th grade and so has very little education. Because of all this, she has struggled to find stable work and a steady income. Over the years, what little assets she owns, she has had to sell to provide for herself and her children.

Soko with her daughter showing her selection of fabric

Soko has the knack for tailoring but never had the means to afford professional training or equipment. She was thrilled and thankful when she heard that she was accepted by the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills for Women Program. The training and skills she has learned through this program has changed her whole world. Her mom used to help her look after her children when she was working odd jobs at constructions sites. However, her mom had difficulty with the little children because of a disability. Now, Soko is able to stay home to take care of her children and still earn around RMB 2,500 [US$360] per month.

When we visited her recently, we saw her delivering Tibetan robes to a happy customer. As soon as she saw us arrive, she couldn’t wait to show us the robes she made and the new machines she bought to expand her business. With her new equipment, her efficiency of making clothes will improve greatly.

Soko with one of her customers, shows us her handiwork

Her dreams of becoming a professional tailor and providing a bright future for her children are coming true. Being one of the top students in the program, and with the skills and determination she possesses, we have high hopes for her continued success.

Our biggest thanks to Husky Energy for fully funding this life changing program that continues to provide training and skill building to 30 young women every year.

Our Partners

CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

A Thousand-Mile Trip

62 girls in our second cohort of Vocational School Scholarship Program graduates, completed their courses in July 2020. Most of these girls were only able to go to school up to grade 9, with many dropping out even earlier. The key reasons being financial difficulty, prejudice on the part of their parents not valuing education for girls, and varying family circumstances. Their dreams of a career and independence were gone. But thanks to the Vocational School Scholarship program, dreams are coming true again. Luma is one of our graduating girls and she shares her story.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

New Journey for 30 Women

Could you imagine using a tape measure effectively if you didn’t know the numbers? Could you imagine using scissors for the first time and coordinating the cut? These are the challenges usually faced by women who have joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women as most of them haven’t been to school. But it doesn’t stop them from working hard and learning all they can.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Perfect Example of What's Possible

Since the start of the year, Pigs for Poverty program has helped 54 families and are looking forward to helping 71 more families as the year continues. But another exciting news for us is that we have a very special lady joining us in this year's project as a trainer.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Dedicated Student and Role Model Mom

Although life in the countryside is free and happy, economic development here apparently cannot keep up with the rhythm outside, and the cultural gap is tremendous. The financial pressure is increasing every year, and sometimes life gets very difficult and confusing for me. I am Datintso. I am 22, and this is my story.




EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Excellent Teacher in the Making

Tashi entered the Vocational School Scholarship Program in 2018, and took up Preschool Education as her chosen vocational study. Her family used to borrow money so she could study but it all became too difficult financially so she had to drop school in 2017 after she finished grade 8. She shares her experiences and dreams with us.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Living and Working with Gratitude

When Yedron learned about the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, she was filled with so much hope and eagerness. She wanted to enter the program with the hopes of learning a new skill and start her own business at home.