Some of the women close their business when subjected to unanticipated and high taxes multiple times due to running out of funds needed to operate.
“My newly opened salon had to close only after a few months of operation because of the taxes. Why do I have to be taxed this much?” said Florence Hadiya, one of the trainees.
The series of seminars covered company registration; taxes and contracts; human rights; Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV); laws that offer protection, how to seek for help and dealing with local law enforcement agencies; how to report and discuss issues regarding sexual harassment; business management skills; branding and advocacy for justice; and key financial literacy concepts to improve the women’s’ abilities to secure loans from banks.
“This project has made a difference because I have watched these women gain the confidence to return to their business and have saved more money from their sales because they no longer give in to multiple taxes,” said Finella Iams, a technical advisor of the project.
“The empowerment of businesswomen has been a very humbling experience and has exposed me to a power that I never knew I had inside,” said Luris Mulla, a South Sudanese legal expert consultant who is led the training. “It is the same power that gives the women the strength to survive their own hardship.”