Give a sewing machine to a mom in India

by India Partners
Thank you for providing a sewing machine!
Thank you for providing a sewing machine!

Dear Friend,

Thank you for ensuring the women who graduate from free tailoring  schools in India receive a treadle sewing machine along with a certificate of completion.

Sixty women just completed their training in June and another sixty women are currently in classes, with three new schools in slum or poor neighborhoods set to start their first classes, enrolling a total of 36 more women.

Each graduate was so excited to complete her training and receive a sewing machine to start her own business.

Boddu lives with her parents and older brother. Her father is a day laborer. She went to school just through the 6th grade. She had to stop her education because her father did not earn enough to pay for her education.

Her favorite item to sew are punjabi tops and she excels in making them. She can sew them quickly, thereby earning more money each day to help support her family.

Thank you for bringing a happy smile to Boddu, providing training and a sewing machine so she can help her family in spite of not completing a formal education.


John Sparks

P.S. One of our photos of a woman and her sewing machine was selected as a semi-finalist for Global Giving's 2016 Photo Contest. Please vote by July 22, 2016 and help provide more women in India with a sewing machine. Vote for our photo today!

Gowri is proud of the fine clothing she creates.
Gowri is proud of the fine clothing she creates.

I want to tell you the story of a young lady I met during my recent trip to India. A life you helped change through your generosity. In rural India, many girls are married young; before they have finished school, without a dream of college and long before gaining any job experience. They are expected to cook and clean and care for the farm animals. The problem is; that with the advancements in society, these roles are no longer fitting, yet girls are still having marriages arranged at a young age. They are married young, then stuck without any opportunities. Gowri was a young lady in this situation.

Gowri was married before graduating high school and was forced to drop out. Her husband was also young and not earning enough to support the family. She needed to find a job to help but had neither the skills nor the education to do so.

Gowri heard about our tailoring school from her friend in a neighboring village. She was admitted and soon discovered she had a natural affinity for design and stitching. She worked very hard and developed her skills well. 

When Gowri successfully finished her training, she received a sewing machine and was able to start a small business. Her skills were on display as the women in her village wore the clothes she tailored. Soon she was constantly busy. The dress you see in the photo took her about four hours, but the quality was so good she was able to charge two days wages. 

Her young husband is very proud of her.

There are 60 women currently enrolled in the tailoring schools. They will spend six months learning how to sew and stitch.

Gowri’s success and the success of the other women is possible because of you. Your gift made a difference and brought change to people suffering from poverty.  Take this opportunity to impact another life for good; your gifts to Empower Women will bring real change.


John Sparks
India Partners

Thank you for helping women like Asha
Thank you for helping women like Asha

Through your help, 48 women received sewing training at tailoring schools in India at the last graduation in December. These women come from difficult situations and your gift has changed their life -- not just a meal for today but a skill they can use for years to come. Not only do they have a skill but they also received a sewing machine that will make their hopes and dreams become reality. Each of the women who recently graduated from the tailoring schools received their very own sewing machine.

Since these women have graduated, a new batch of students has arrived. Because of you, 48 women are currently enrolled in the tailoring schools, where they will spend six months learning how to sew and stitch.

Women like Asha are grateful for your support. Asha didn't have a job and her husband does day labor, so they are constantly facing financial struggles. It was hard to support their family on the wages of a day laborer. They have only one son but many times it is difficult to afford the fees to send him to school, provide clothes and healthy food.

Asha was hopeful when she joined the tailoring school. She gained tremendous confidence in herself and learned how to sew. She is able to not only sew clothes for her family, but she also sews clothes for others now. When she graduated she received her very own sewing machine, and she is now able to sew and earn an income to support her husband and son. She is very thankful that she now has valuable skills and a sewing machine that will greatly help her whole family.

Her quality of work is excellent and she is growing her business through referrals and looking to see how she can expand her marketing territory to attract even more people. If those from nearby villages will bring their work to her, she will soon be making more than enough. For two hours of work she can earn as much as she used to working all day in the fields.

Thank you for your compassion and generosity! When you help women like Asha, you are not just helping one person, but you are helping an entire family. Her son is also thankful as his life is too changed with his mother’s training.

There are several women in the current class that are still in need of sponsorship. Consider this opportunity to transform a life today. Take part in Women’s Empowerment today!

Sakshi is grateful for your support
Sakshi is grateful for your support

Dear Friend,

Your generous gift to provide a woman in India with a sewing machine has made a huge difference. Thank you for your support and for empowering women to rise out of poverty.

There are 48 women who are currently enrolled in the tailoring schools, and they will spend six months learning how to sew and stitch. After graduating from the rigorous training, they will each get their very own sewing machine so they can start their own home tailoring business. 

In India, other than day-labor, unemployment is very high, especially among women living in the rural areas. Many of these women are mothers who have struggled to find ways to support their families. Often times women living in poverty are uneducated and earn little to no wages. With a valuable skill like sewing, these women now have an opportunity to provide a good income for themselves and their families. Your gift is helping women like Sakshi.

One of Sakshi’s aunts told her about our tailoring school, she immediately applied to be part of the program. Even though she had a passion to learn, she had dropped out of school to care for her younger siblings. Knowing that soon she would need to marry, her family encouraged her to go to through the tailoring program so she can learn embroidery and sew dresses and other clothes. This would provide money for her wedding, and after marriage she would be able to continue stitching clothes.

Sakshi graduated after six months of tailoring training. She understood the great advantage she had when the school gave Sakshi her very own sewing machine. She still had a good relationship with her old school teachers so she approached them and was able to get a job stitching school uniforms for the local school.

Sakshi is saving her income for marriage. “In India it is very costly for a girl to get married, because I have this business I will be able to help my family with the costs.” Her mother chimed in, “not only is she helping pay for these bills, but the boy we found is excited that his wife will be able to earn an income.” Since it is a home based business she will be able to continue working even when they have children.

Sakshi is very grateful for your generous support. Thank you! Her good fortune was made possible because of you. Your gift makes a difference and it's transforming the lives of women like Sakshi.


John Sparks
India Partners

P.S. Your gift has changed Sakshi’s life. Take this opportunity to change another life by giving for another woman to gain these job skills. Visit Give a sewing machine today. Forward this email to your colleagues and encourage them to join with you in changing lives.

Thanks for giving a woman a sewing machine
Thanks for giving a woman a sewing machine

Dear Friend,

Your generous gift to provide a mom in India with a sewing machine has been life-changing. Thank you for your support and for empowering women to rise out of poverty.

There are 48 women who just graduated from the tailoring school. After graduating from the rigorous training, each woman received her very own sewing machine so she can start a tailoring business from home.  This project also started it’s new class of women so there are 48 new students who are enrolled in the six-month course. They will spend the next few months learning how to sew and stitch.

I'm excited to share this story about Malissa.

Malissa grew up in a small village. She had to quit school after the 7th grade because there was no other school for her to attend. She was forced to get married at a young age and immeditely started a family. With little education and no other skills, Malissa couldn't find much work. He husband works as a day laborer, and it's difficult work that barely brings enought money for their family of four. Malissa wanted a better life for her son and daughter so that she can send them to school. She was so excited when she learned about the tailoring school because it was her chance to earn a better living.

After months of training, Malissa recently graduated and was given her very own sewing machine. Now she is able to start her very own business and sew clothes for people in her village. Her kids are in school and doing well in their studies. They were very excited that their mom graduated from the tailoring school. Malissa is happy that she can now support her family with the extra income.

Thank you for helping people like Malissa get a sewing machine. You changed her life forever!


John Sparks

P.S. Right now you have a chance to change more lives in India. One of our photos was selected for Global Giving's 2015 Photo Contest. Vote now and help us win $1,000 to help more orphans in India receive an education. Voting will just take a minute of your time.


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Location: Eugene, OR - USA
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John Sparks
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