Sewing Club activities were established with the goal of providing women in the community the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to both mend their families’ clothing and produce items to sell for the purpose of income generation.
This aspect of the program continues to impact women and their families by affording them the opportunity, not only to learn a practical skill, but also to create with their minds and hands, to gain confidence and self-respect in doing so, to forge valuable friendships and develop camaraderie among other women having similar backgrounds and grappling with similar difficulties. Participating women realize that they can turn drive and dedication into income, and elevate the economic situations of their families. The women’s skill levels range from absolute beginners to advanced seamstresses.
The sewing room is open to participants on weekday mornings five days per week, and 15 sewing machines are available for use. The sewing instructor provides a combination of group and individualized instruction. Women produce canvas bags, purses, cosmetic bags, brooches, hair bows, aprons, skirts, scarves, pillows, and holiday items and sell them at local festivals and markets.