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Start-Up Sewing Business (USA)

Ensure that women are equipped with the vocational skills and tools necessary to secure stable employment (particularly in the fields of health, education, and agriculture, also including appropriate clothing and microfinance).

Startup sewing

The club had an established relationship with an orphanage in Mexico and a social worker in Guatemala. Both dreamed of helping women and girls learn the skill of sewing for sustained employment, but neither had the means to obtain the necessary start-up equipment.  Members learned about the estate of a business owner who stipulated in her will that all equipment and supplies from her sewing business be donated to help women and girls in need. Prayers answered!

First, they arranged to have all equipment delivered and stored locally. Then they transported everything in 2 trucks to a church near the Mexican border, which agreed to transport all the donations to the orphanage near Ensenada, Mexico in conjunction with another planned activity. The orphanage and social worker gratefully agreed to oversee training of the women and girls they support.

Club: SI Moreno Valley, PFR: 24534

SoroptiTips:

  • Distribution of in-kind donations is challenging, especially when moving goods across borders.  Looking to work with a group who regularly engage in this kind of activity will greatly reduce possible barriers to distribution.
  • Support can be found in all sorts of places, but you won’t find it unless you look!  In this case, matching a known need for sewing supplies with the provision of supplies from an estate was a direct result of the club’s dedication to making this project work.
  • Ensuring that the provision of materials is accompanied by training will make the most of a great opportunity to educate, empower, and enable.

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