LifeStitches-sewing skills combat AIDS stigma

 
$2,975
$2,025
Raised
Remaining

LifeStitches-sewing skills combat AIDS stigma

LifeStitches-sewing skills combat AIDS stigma
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Careful work pulling the fringe of kitenge napkins

Careful work pulling the fringe of kitenge napkins
The pulled fringe kitenge "picnic napkins" allows mothers who cannot sew to participate in the project. They can work on these napkins at home also. (view small | med | large | orig)

Purchasing fabric in the Arua market

Purchasing fabric in the Arua market
The local town market is the source for the quality fabrics the Life Stitches mothers purchase for their tableware products. (view small | med | large | orig)

Project director in a train the trainer session

Project director in a train the trainer session
The project director spent two weeks in fall 2008 to "train the trainer" sessions teaching two styles of napkin design...'wax' requiring sewing skills and 'fringe kitenge' requiring only hand craft skills. (view small | med | large | orig)

Learning to stitch

Learning to stitch
The project uses electric and pedal sewing machines. First learners start with stitching straight lines on paper, then graduate to thread stitches on paper then on to fabric stitching. (view small | med | large | orig)

Working is a cramped borrowed laundary space

Working is a cramped borrowed laundary space
Until the sewing workshop space can be completed, Life Stitches is working out of borrowed space in the hospital laundry. Although cramped, the mothers use every inch of the space for making napkins. (view small | med | large | orig)

Working just outside the laundry

Working just outside the laundry
Many more mothers want to work than can be accomodated in the temporary laundry space, so they often gather just outside on the lawn to work. (view small | med | large | orig)

Focusing on napkin details

Focusing on napkin details
Mother sitting at workshop diligently working on fringe edged napkin (view small | med | large | orig)

Discussing a new product design

Discussing a new product design
Mothers from the workshop discuss making table runners as a new product style (view small | med | large | orig)

"Nothing wasted" table cloth

"Nothing wasted" table cloth
End pieces of napkin fabric made into a beautiful creative table cloth design (view small | med | large | orig)

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Organization

Project Leader

Katherine Gnauck MD

Albuquerque, New Mexico United States

Where is this project located?

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