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Train 10-30 women in Arusha to sew menswear



This project will increase the skills and incomes of 10-30 low-income young women (most of whom are under age 25) connected with the Rural Community Network (RUCONET) in Arusha, Tanzania, by training them to sew and manage their own businesses. Funds will pay for a skilled teacher and assistant to provide an advanced two-month course on menswear and embroidery and groom them to pass on their skills and knowledge. A digital camera will be used to photograph garments and teaching techniques.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The Naisosion sewing program for young women is one of several RUCONET projects targeted to improve the status and livelihood of women that includes educational support for orphans and vulnerable children, bead making and selling, and textiles making and selling. The initial sewing program focused on dressmaking and woman's tailoring. Many of the young women who completed this program articulated the need for more advanced skills to improve their competitive edge in the marketplace.

How will this project solve this problem?

RUCONET would like to offer the young women advanced sewing training in menswear and embroidery. The young women are between the ages of 16 and 29 years old with most of them under the age of 25 who were either unable to attend secondary school or unable to complete their secondary school education. This advanced training will give the young women who have completed the basic training an advantage in the marketplace both as independent businesswomen and as employees of a larger operation.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project provides sewing and business training to increase the skills and income potential of undereducated and underemployed young women living in Arusha, Tanzania. Previous graduates received a sewing machine and many increased their incomes from $1/day to an average of $8 day, enabling them to pay for education and health care for themselves and their children.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $670
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,923
Total Funding Goal: $2,593


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Harambee Centre

Portland, Oregon, United States

Project Leader

Karen Smith

Portland, Oregon United States

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