In August, the staff at one of AIL's centers let us know that they are in need of new sewing machines. The machines that are used in class are simple in design so that the staff, as necessary, can easily repair them. Unfortunately, four of these machines have broken beyond repair. While the women in class usually share the sewing machines, there are now more women using each machine making learning difficult. Providing the center with new sewing machines will solve this problem.
After years of repairing the sewing machines, several of the sewing machines have reached the end of their usefulness and need to be replaced.
This project will provide AIL with the funds necessary to replace the broken sewing machines and continue to offer high quality classes in sewing and tailoring.
Women learn to save money they would have spent on clothes to purchase a sewing machine and start a small business. Course graduates sew their families' clothes, start a home-based business, and/or become sewing teachers.