Tailoring My Future

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$18,304 $43,500
Project Code: COD-ASD-TMF-P01


This project provides training for 100 vulnerable, and often traumatised, girls/women (90%) and young men to become tailors across two locations in Goma. Participants learn several different sewing techniques together with marketing/business skills, training participants to become proficient all-round tailors who can either set up a small business or obtain a job in the sewing industry. Robust sewing machines will be used and fabric provided. A secondary aim is to facilitate peace in a society suffering from decades of civil unrest and ethnic conflict. This is our fifth sewing project with our partner to develop skills for gainful employment.

Why support this:

We are impressed with our partner’s abilities and the desire to not just teach sewing, but to use it as a platform to spread peace. The requirement that each student contribute a small fee to demonstrate commitment to the course ensures buy-in. We appreciate the focus on women who need to earn a better living with a clear outcome for the students – different pathways into income generation and a better life. We also appreciate the benefits from the camaraderie and support mechanisms that develop. DRC continues to be a very challenging environment with insecurity in all areas – such as food, jobs and health.


Total budget required: $43,500. This covers the cost of supplies and equipment including some fabric, rent for the classrooms, teachers and security, and maintenance. Students will contribute some fabric towards the course as a means of making a contribution.

The Need:

The Democratic Republic of Congo is suffering terribly from the aftermath of civil war, where horrendous atrocities occurred, infrastructure was damaged, and services remain limited. The war was brutal with rape a common warfare tactic, and gender-based violence continues. The program is aimed at women (and some men) who have been particularly impacted by the war. Some have been victims of rape or family breakdown or are widowed or orphaned. Illiteracy and unemployment is high and many drop out of school early or end up in early marriage.

Expected Life Change:

  • Participants gain income-generating skills to support themselves

  • The restoration of dignity and self-esteem to those who have suffered and still suffer so much
  • Small steps towards building a cohesive and peaceful society
  • A network of support from teachers and other students

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