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    Teaching tailoring trades to the next generation

    Day 43

    Oruchinga’s Got Style

    Changemakers 365 is all about doing the doable. It’s about opening our eyes to the opportunities to make an impact in a person’s life with relatively few resources – and making change each and every day of the year.

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    All over the world, people have skills and abilities they’re excited to share with younger generations. But it can be difficult to pass down trades without the right tools or equipment.

    In the Oruchinga Refugee Settlement, the Busheka women’s group faced this very problem that we wanted to help tackle. The Busheka women’s group is a collective of 35 women who believe in training girls and single mothers with skills that will help them become more self-sufficient. One skill that many women want to teach is sewing and tailoring.

    But despite it being such a large group, the women only had three machines to work with and train on. To fix this, we got them another five machines and a number of sewing machine accessories: thread, needles, scissors, measuring tape and more.

    Fiedah, the group leader, could easily see the impact of the additional machines and supplies, saying “I train the other women in how to sew and mend. Typically, a group will come at 9 in the morning and stay until 12 and then a new group will come. With additional machines, I’ll be able to increase the number of students who I can train. We can also even get another trainer to help more people to learn how to sew.”

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