Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects

by Tekeshe Foundation
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects

Project Report | Feb 6, 2017
Together We Are Transforming The Lives Of Disadvantaged Rural Women

By Thelma SITHOLE | Project Leader

Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. Together we are transforming the lives of disadvantaged rural women. We coudnt have done it without your help!

Women are the lynchpins of their communities and yet the vast majority of rural women are disadvantaged educationally and economically. One of the biggest challenges they are faced with is lack of income. Women who are heads of households struggle to feed their children. They rely solely on subsistence farming as their source of income. The women in these rural areas are very hard working - they spend most of their days in the hot sun tending their crops. Yet even after working so hard they end up with no crops because this area experiences recurrent droughts. With no crops and no other source of income these households end up drifting into poverty.

This project focuses on improving the socio-economic status of rural women by providing them the funds to start income generating projects so that they dont have to rely solely on subsistence farming as their source of income. Studies have shown that improving the socio-economic status of women in the developing world is key to ending global poverty and also strengthens the entire community. The following are some of the positive outcomes that are linked to improving the socio-economic status of women:

  • Food security
  • Families can afford to send their children to school
  • Family health improves
  • Reduction in the spread of HIV/AIDS 
  • Economically stronger and more stable communties

In keeping with the focus of this project we are pleased to announce the launching of a Sewing program in Manzvire village. Our vision for the Sewing program is to teach disadvantaged women sewing skills. Giving women sewing skills provides them an alternative means of earning an income. This ensures that they will have money to support their families even if the area experiences prolonged droughts. The women will be taught how to make school uniforms, dresses, trousers, skirts and shirts. We are happy to bring Robert (the instructor) on board to lead this program. We are very proud of him as he has a great passion to empower women and young people in these rural areas with sewing skills. Even though he doesn't have a building, this doesnt deter him, he teaches sewing from a store front. In addition, he doesn't have any sewing patterns, instead he uses a blackboard mounted on the store front wall to show the different parts of a garment to the women. Once they understand the structure of a garment he shows them how to cut the material.
The Tekeshe Foundation donated $65 to the project. You can see in these pictures the 6 women who participate in the project receiving 65 meters of sewing material from a staff member of the Tekeshe Foundation. We will also donate 4 sewing machines, currently they only have one sewing machine. The total cost of the 4 sewing machines is $200.00.

May your hearts be filled with joy as you take a look at the pictures of the women whose lives are being changed because of your generosity!

Thanks again for all your help.

Best wishes,

Thelma

Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
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Tekeshe Foundation

Location: North Chelmsford, MA - USA
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Thelma Sithole
North Chelmsford , MA United States

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