Women's Tailoring Schools Fight Poverty

Women are being trained for business

This is the problem:

There are villages where most ladies have no work at all. They look after their cattle and children while men work, hopefully. In some Hindu castes and in tribal areas the ladies are forbidden from working.

The women also suffer because many of their husbands don’t work.Many men are addicted to drugs or alcohol and most of their money is spent supporting their habit, not their family. Their wives and children often have insufficient food because of this.

Here is a solution.

With empowerment and training these women can establish their own work and income so children are better cared for and fed.

This is successfully done by training them in tailoring so the women learn how to design, stitch and sew clothing which is then sold in the local stores or markets. They also repair clothing for other families in their villages.

Siya's story of change

Siya* is illiterate and lives in one of the villages. Her husband works as a labourer and they have two small children. Like other women in the village she looked after her family and did not have any work in their village.

Siya’s husband lost his very basic labouring job because of COVID which left the family destitute.

Siya had the opportunity to join one of our tailoring schools and worked hard to learn the skills needed to design and sew basic clothing items. She was given a new sewing machine when she graduated so she could open a small market business to support her family.

Siya was creative and realised there could be other items she could make and she designed some fancy carry bags and small mobile bags.She found a need and began creating these new products that no one else was making.

When the villagers and shop owners came to know about her new business they visited her stall to see more and to buy these bags. She received more orders from the nearby shops.

After she has made her orders they come and collect bags from her house. She makes them in good quality and charges at a decent price and people are very interested in her products.

small sewn bags from India

Siya is busy with her job. Now she earns more than what her husband used to earn. She supports others in her village and is able to save a little each month.

When we equip women, their family transforms and then their community. There are hundreds of women in the rural villages waiting for help.

Tailoring schools are one of the answers to help them. With more funds we can open more tailoring schools which will equip more women like Siya.

*not her real name

You can change a woman’s life, and that of her children, by supporting one of our tailoring schools.  We need just $415 (Australian dollars) to train a woman in these skills for 6 months. Then she can begin a small home business and care for her children.

Safe water bores are currently being installed in 1 village per month.

That keeps between 1300 and 2000 children and family members safe.

We would love to do more.

Old unsafe water pumps

New safe water bores

old village water pump - unsafe
girl in front of safe water tap
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