Our Project in the New London Slum in Bo, South Sierra Leone
Medie is 19 years old. She lives in the New London Slum in Bo, southern Sierra Leone. Poverty drove her into prostitution in the New London lorry park while she was still attending school. In 2009, she dropped out, because of an unwanted pregnancy. She was driven out of the house by her parents who were disappointed and ashamed of her behaviour. Life became very difficult, as she did not have enough income to support herself and the child.
In February, 2010 Medie heard of our Comic Relief supported project in New London. She applied and was supported by the project to undertake a tailoring course at the community vocational institute in New London. At the end of her training in December 2010, she was provided with a tailoring start-up kit to set up a business. She also got a loan and training in business management from the community micro-credit scheme to improve her ability to run the business successfully. When she was interviewed by one of the project staff, she said:
"I now have a secure source of income and my business is now doing well. I am able to buy more cloth to sew and sell and I make enough profit to expand the business. I have adequate income for me and my daughter to buy food, pay rent and meet other family needs without engaging in commercial sex."