Our project will provide tailoring/sewing training and tools to give Somali refugee women in Malaysia professional skills and promote their independence and financial self-sufficiency. As Mulki, a member of the Somali Refugee Community, explains, "After this class, participants will sell the clothes and will be able to buy more food and support their families. They will also buy more equipment to expand their business."
The Somali Refugee Community provides services to approximately 1,000 Somali refugees in Malaysia, many of whom are single mothers, children/teenagers, and individuals with medical conditions. The SRC works to bring the community together and connect with the UNHCR. We additionally offer language and tailoring courses for children as well as older members of our community, to facilitate employment opportunities and personal development.
We currently offer tailoring classes as part of the services we provide to our community. However, we only have the capacity to provide classes for 10 women, and we need your help to expand our class to 30 participants and beyond. This will allow us to impact the lives of more women by providing training in a professional skill and enable them to access employment and financially provide for themselves and their families.
These classes will provide women with a skill that opens professional tailoring opportunities for them, allowing them to sell their products in the market and financially sustain themselves and their families. Our participants include single mothers and young women who are unemployed and in need of job opportunities. This project gives them skills to help them and their families move away from financial precarity.