Mosele Elizabeth, Mbah Charlotte, Mbull – Life Skills Training for Teenage Mothers in Bonakanda Village

Date grant awarded: February 24, 2019

As a result of the 2-year Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, 80% of young girls in rural communities have become teenage mothers who have since dropped out of school due to sexual abuse, low self-esteem, poverty, and family breakdown. Given these factors, the young mother’s are often under skilled to take care of their children and since securing a job without an education is challenging, they turn to prostitution and unwanted marriages to support themselves and their children.

Mosele Elizabeth Ajebe has recognized the impact this is having and thus started the Life Skills Training for Teenage Mothers in Bonakanda Village to train and empower teenage mothers with sustainable life skills, including recycling dresses, shoes, and bags using the traditional African fabrics. Empowering these teenage mothers with the life skills to raise income will vastly improve both their lives and those of their families.

Mosele’s inspiration comes from her experience as a teenage mother and learning fashion designing, which allowed her to return to school to pursue a Master’s degree. She is dedicated to giving back to her community by educating and training young mothers with the skills to gain financial independence and pass fourth the skills they gain. Funds from The Pollination Project will help purchase sewing machines and accessories to set up a social enterprise and train twelve teenage mothers to use the machines.