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    Sewing for their community

    Day 247

    A Needle and Thread

    People are so busy in Kyangwali refugee settlement, making life better for their loved ones and their community.

    We met a group of women from the host community, Ugandans who live nearby Kyangwali who are making sanitary ware by hand. And, we met another group of refugee women doing embroidery work that they sell in Kyangwali or in the nearby city of Hoima.

    These women are working hard for themselves, their families and their neighbors – and on Day 247 we knew we could do something simple to help them make an even greater impact. So, we delivered new sewing machines to the women’s groups in Kyangwali and neighboring communities.

    “This sewing machine is going to increase on our production, and it will be multipurpose – that’s helping widows in the group to sew clothes, train young girls of the community and mostly to increase on the sanitary pad production for our girl children,” said Jane the leader of the women’s group from the host community.

    In addition to sewing much needed sanitary ware, the women plan to train girls to sew so they can one day work in tailoring trades. They’re also planning to use the machines to make uniforms – not having a uniform is one of the things that can sometimes keep kids from going to school.

    This change made possible by Atomic Data.

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