PROJECT 2: SEWING PROGRAM
Aim: to provide a commercial and social enterprise for women, to earn money, improve their skills and be a social construct that supports and encourages present and future involvement.
Currently there are 5 sewing machines and with the support of an Australian patron, money has been provided to establish and develop this project further. Often there are up to 30 women waiting to have their turn to not only sew but learn new skills from others.
The Craft Initiative is aligned to and not limited to the following UN Sustainability Goals:
No poverty – the Amasiko Craft Initiative is teaching the women skills to use in order to make products of a commercial nature. For example: products that would be desired to the local tourism industry, orders for local businesses, partnerships with other NGO’s to provide a “fee for service” product that would enable the women to earn money and increase their quality of life in the village and potentially beyond.
No hunger – by earning money, and creating commercial opportunities in the district, there would be expendable money that can be used to supplement the family and the community’s food requirements in feast and famine.
Good Health – the socialising, support and community that the Craft Initiative brings is creating an opportunity to improve the mental health of the participants, as they are not in isolation, they can share with trusted friends their issues and seek support and guidance from others in the community.
Quality Education – the Amasiko Craft initiative employs skilled craftsmen/women to tutor the women in order to improve their seamstress skills and to improve the quality of their work standard so that producing high quality work to use as a commercial venture will be standard for the women.
Innovation and infrastructure – our craft initiative women have learnt to sew uniforms for the children of our school. In order for a school to be recognised as an educational institution, a requirement is that the children need to wear a school uniform. With support of our sewing patrol, material was purchased and the women are continuing to make school uniforms for both boys and girls of our school. Learning these skills has enabled the school take a step closer to being registered, and has also taught the women new techniques including quality control for finished items.