Train 10-30 women in Arusha to sew menswear

by Harambee Centre Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


This project will increase the skills and incomes of 10-30 low-income young women (most of whom are under age 25) connected with the Rural Community Network (RUCONET) in Arusha, Tanzania, by training them to sew and manage their own businesses. Funds will pay for a skilled teacher and assistant to provide an advanced two-month course on menswear and embroidery and groom them to pass on their skills and knowledge. A digital camera will be used to photograph garments and teaching techniques.

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The Naisosion sewing program for young women is one of several RUCONET projects targeted to improve the status and livelihood of women that includes educational support for orphans and vulnerable children, bead making and selling, and textiles making and selling. The initial sewing program focused on dressmaking and woman's tailoring. Many of the young women who completed this program articulated the need for more advanced skills to improve their competitive edge in the marketplace.


RUCONET would like to offer the young women advanced sewing training in menswear and embroidery. The young women are between the ages of 16 and 29 years old with most of them under the age of 25 who were either unable to attend secondary school or unable to complete their secondary school education. This advanced training will give the young women who have completed the basic training an advantage in the marketplace both as independent businesswomen and as employees of a larger operation.

Long-Term Impact

The project provides sewing and business training to increase the skills and income potential of undereducated and underemployed young women living in Arusha, Tanzania. Previous graduates received a sewing machine and many increased their incomes from $1/day to an average of $8 day, enabling them to pay for education and health care for themselves and their children.



Organization Information

Harambee Centre

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Karen Smith
Portland, Oregon United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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