emerge poverty free developed a sewing training programme in two rural communities in Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2010, we sourced a number of donated manual sewing machines and tailoring supplies so even more women will be able to take part in the training. In 2011, the final year of funding, emerge poverty free helped the programme expand to include industrial knitting.
At these centres, women received valuable skills that helped them find work so that they can support themselves and their children through self-generated income. We also connected the project to a local orphanage where the children continue to benefit from knitted school uniforms to see them into each new school year. Given the quality and the affordability of the product surrounding communities also expressed an interest in the knitwear. The income generated is being used to help support the orphanage Mums as they continue with their knitting.
After graduation women are supported to set up small businesses. The most successful of these have been established as co-operatives, a model we encourage.
During the course, women are trained in tailoring and basic business skills such as numeracy and principles of record keeping.