This project will train 24 women to make and repair clothes as an income generating activity for the women. Three women from each of the 6 Kakuma camps plus six from the new Kalobeyei camp will be trained for a month by Julia Msafiri from the Congo and then placed in a sewing coop. Each of the 8 groups will be given a sewing machine in order to begin their business. The brightly colored fabrics will come from Tanzania and the Congo and will be bought together by all the members.
The Kakuma and newly opened Kalobeyei Refugee camps in dry northwestern Kenya have about 180,000 refugees from various surrounding countries. These include South Sudan, Somalia, Congo, Burundi, and Ethiopia. The area is semi-arid and living conditions are harsh. No farming activity is possible. The refugees are not allocated sufficient food and supplies for decent survival and economic opportunities are limited.
In Phase I, which has already been funded, the 24 women will be trained in trauma healing and alternatives to violence. There will then be three one-month trainings where Julia Msafiri, pictured above, will train the women in tailoring. The women will then be placed in a group of three in each of the six Kakuma camps and Kalobeyei. This will give these 24 women employment which will allow them income to support their families. This income will be used for additional food and other necessities
On the one hand these women will have training in a useful skill that will allow them to support their families. This will help in the well-being and health of the family, leading to a more prosperous life in the camp. Moreover their skills will benefit people in the camps who will need clothing made or repaired. As the women then spend their additional income in the camps, there will be a multiplier effect as the money is re-circulated in the camps.