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June 30, 2017

Taking risks through faith

by Alvaro Lima

I had no clear direction for my financial life. I applied for several jobs as a hairdresser and went to many interviews, but never succeeded. This was disheartening and over time, I started to lose hope. 

To help direct and motivate me along this journey, I attended the Independence Project meetings on Mondays at the UCKG HelpCentre. I made a chain of prayer for my finances, which involved a sequence of uninterrupted prayers.

I wanted to reopen my salon, but did not have the funds to do so. I decided to approach a woman that I had worked for nine years ago. I wanted to strike a deal with her to rent a chair space in her salon. To my surprise, she had been looking for me for the past three years. She wanted to sell the business to me and at least offer me a partnership. Alternatively, she would have had to close her salon down.

Initially, I agreed to rent a space from her, but after three months of understanding the history of the business, I agreed to be her partner. We were able to turn the business into a company.

Today, we are operating here in the UK and in Africa. We have a prominent investor on board and we have widened our services by offering apprentice training programmes. We have also been able to recruit two full-time staff members within the space of two months. Coming to the UCKG HelpCentre taught me to trust in God and His plans, and to have the confidence to take risks through faith.

Betty Nyamwenge

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