Special Projects: Kasunga Sewing School

Sewing School

Beyond providing classic micro finance, the Microloan Foundation seeks to provide business and skills training to help amplify the impact of our loans. A great example of this is the sewing school at our Kasunga, Malawi training center. The course work is structured to cover eight areas: machine work, pattern work, actual sewing, cutting, design, sewing skills, ironing and business skills.  Here are three great women who are participating in the program and their hopes for the future.

Jacqueline is 21 years old and has been with MLF for 3 years – she is an expert sewer! She is not married and has no children. The money she earns helps out her parents and she is paying the school fees for her younger sister who is 19 years old.

 

Maggie is 27 years old, married with a 4 year old girl and a 1 year old boy. She lives with her in-laws and her 32 year old sister also lives with her. She trained to be a seamstress at MLF and has been working with us for 3 years. She also has her own small business making dresses at home. Maggie speaks excellent English and told me that she went to Form 4 in school. If she can save enough money, she would like to go to university to become a journalist.

Ellen has also been with MLF for 3 years. She is married with two children, a 9 year old boy and an 18 year old girl. She is very proud of the fact that she can afford to send her daughter to school  now. She also has her own small business and she makes dresses, skirts and school uniforms to sell in the market. “Life is so much better since I found MicroLoan,” says Ellen.

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