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Change a Ugandan Life with Sewing Lessons



In May 2013, with the help of donated peddle sewing machines and two volunteers from New Jersey, Change A Life Uganda taught women in Migyera and Nabbingo how to sew school uniforms. CALU hired a tailor to continue the program, holding a graduation ceremony after 8 month of training. Top students received a microfinance loan to purchase their own machines. CALU wants to renew this program to meet the growing demand and empower women to become financially independent through skills development.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Women in Migyera and Nabbingo, Uganda have limited opportunities to develop marketable skills and achieve financial independence for themselves and their families. Change A Life Uganda works to improve the lives of children and their families through education and access to healthcare and income generating opportunities. Teaching women to sew will enable them to support their families and afford to send their children to school. CALU will also provide loans for sewing machines and fabric.

How will this project solve this problem?

Change a Life Uganda will help provide economic opportunity to women in Migyera and Nabbingo, Ugdanda by providing free sewing lessons combined with micro loans and support to start a tailoring business. Developing these skills will empower women and help them support their families and send their children to school. The pilot program for this project was very well received by the community and fostered a sense of pride and accomplishment for all involved.

Potential Long Term Impact

The long-term effects of this project will be to lift more women and families out of extreme poverty by enabling women to learn a skill, earn money, save for the future, and finance their children's educations.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $200
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,800
Total Funding Goal: $4,000


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Project Leader

Jean Semler

Jackson, NJ United States

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