Dreams exist to come true - Edson's Story

Initial vocational education and training
Edson Ricardo Guirrugo, is a 22-year-old resident of the railway district and was trained in plumbing by the Centre for Professional Training in Water and Sanitation in 2020.

Edson works as a plumber at Manguêzi (a company in Mozambique providing electricity, water and gas services). His salary covers his living costs and basic needs. He also invests in buying tools for the extra work he does in his spare time together with his friend Lacy Manganhela.  

Edson Ricardo Guirrugo
"Plumbing is an area that I have enjoyed for quite some time, already before the vocational technical training. From 2017 to 2019, I worked from time to time as a helper of Mr. Guirrugo – a plumber in my community –, acquiring some basic plumbing skills. Even though this work was voluntary, my passion and curiosity grew, as didmy desire to want to become a professional. My parents are tailors, they work for themselves."

One day, a friend and student at the Centre for Professional Training in Water and Sanitation (O Centro de Formação Profissional de Água e Saneamento, CFPAS) heard about the competition for training scholarships offered by Swisscontact. Edson decided to embrace the opportunity and fulfil his dream. Once he completed the technical training, he found a job at the local water supply company Armandinho Água, where he worked for eight months. Later, he was hired by the company Maguêzi, where he has been working for just over a year. In this role, he provides plumbing services for Água da Região Metropolitana de Maputo (AdRMM).

"I thank Swisscontact for the opportunity of the training, I was able to acquire knowledge and a certificate in the area of plumbing, which allowed me to get a job and gain experience. I am growing as a professional as well as a person. My aim is to enter university next year to study Hydraulic Engineering and after that to save money in order to start my own water supply company."

This project is financed by the Medicor Foundation, Happel Foundation, and U.W. Linsi-Stiftung, among other donors. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. 

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