Tailoring My Future
Human Dev Index:#179 (Aus #5)
This project provides training for 100 vulnerable, and often traumatised, girls/women (90%) and young men to become tailors across two locations in Goma. Participants learn several different sewing techniques together with marketing/business skills, training participants to become proficient all-round tailors who can either set up a small business or obtain a job in the sewing industry. Robust sewing machines will be used and fabric provided. A secondary aim is to facilitate peace in a society suffering from decades of civil unrest and ethnic conflict. This is our fifth sewing project with our partner to develop skills for gainful employment.
Why support this
We are impressed with our partner's abilities and the desire to not just teach sewing, but to use it as a platform to spread peace. The requirement that each student contribute a small fee to demonstrate commitment to the course ensures buy-in. We appreciate the focus on women who need to earn a better living with a clear outcome for the students – different pathways into income generation and a better life. We also appreciate the benefits from the camaraderie and support mechanisms that develop. DRC continues to be a very challenging environment with insecurity in all areas - such as food, jobs and health.
$43,500 for 1 yr project
- Tailoring training for 100 people
- Marketing/Business skills training
- Purchase of 2 specialist embroidery machines
- Financial support for two teachers
Expected Life Change
- Participants gain income-generating skills to support themselves
- The restoration of dignity and self-esteem to those who have and still suffer so much
- Small steps towards building a cohesive and peaceful society
- A network of support from teachers and other students