Give a sewing machine to a mom in India

by India Partners
Mary is proud to have earned her certificate.
Mary is proud to have earned her certificate.

Dear Friend,

With your help, 60 women completed their six months of tailoring training in December, and each received a treadle sewing machine to start her own home business. One hundred six other women are enrolled in training, 36 of whom will graduate in the coming months. These women are enrolled in the newest schools and the inaugurations took place in the fall.

Mary just completed her training. She is married with two children, but her husband abandoned them. Without his income, the family slipped even further into poverty. With the training completed, certificate in hand and a treadle sewing machine, Mary now earns enough to feed her children and ensure they can go to school.

Thank you for changing this mom’s life and the lives of her children!

Thanks for giving a mom in India a sewing machine
Thanks for giving a mom in India a sewing machine

Dear Friend,

Thank you for empowering women in India and providing them with a sewing machine. Your gift is helping poor women have the opportunity to attend a tailoring school where they learn how to sew. After 6 months of training, they receive a free sewing machine along with a certificate of completion.

Sixty women recently completed their training and another 60 women are currently in classes. There are three new schools that were started recently and they have a total of 36 women in their classes.

Santha is a recent graduate who received a sewing machine. She is happy that she can start her own tailoring business to help her family.

Santha and her family struggled financially. She and her husband had a difficult time supporting their two children with a limited income. Her husband works as a daily laborer. It's not a permanent job because he only works whenever there is a job available. They couldn't afford to send their children to school and Santha wanted to do something to help her family.

When Santha heard about the tailoring school in her village, she applied for it and got accepted. After months of training, she now has the skills to earn an income to help her family. With her sewing machine, she sews clothes and is able to earn enough money to take care of her family and send her children to school!

Santha says she feels blessed for the opportunity and is grateful for her sewing machine. Thanks to you, Santha and her whole family are reaping the benefits of your generous gift.


John Sparks

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!


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Location: Eugene, OR - USA
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John Sparks
Eugene, OR India

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