Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Length of project: 18 months
Partner: Bana ya Kivuvu
When we think about our past, sometimes we can only cry. Some of us are from broken homes, others have experienced exploitation, but we don’t want our childhoods to determine our future. Our dream is to become independent business women. We have resilience and determination and now we’re developing useful skills. With your help we could become The ‘Belle Couture’ Dressmakers of Kinshasa.
Growing up in Congo, money was rarely available for education. Many of us didn’t have the chance to complete our studies and experienced awful things as we grew up. It’s hard to try and change our own circumstances when we’re exploited by people around us.
But we know that we are strong women and it was a pure moment of joy to be welcomed into the training centre with Project Possible. We now have the skills to design clothes, choose cloth and create beautiful tailor-made outfits. With these skills we have the potential to care for our own families and send our children to school.
Imagine the pride we could feel to have our own workshops and little shop fronts. That is the next step as we realise our potential and begin to build our independent businesses. We’re determined to make our new venture work and we have so many creative ideas.
“I am amazed. Compared to the situation I was in, I have become a woman of value. This business I have chosen, I will work six days a week for it. I will not abandon it.” Ruphine's dream
We’re working with Congolese partners, Bana ya Kivuvu, to help ensure this project supports each dressmaker in the best way possible and that the impact of good business will be felt across their community.
We’ll be working closely with our partners to:
Right now, this inspiring group of women are waiting for a spark to ignite their venture.
With your support we could provide Sandra, Ruphine and a further eighteen women with their own open-fronted workshops, which will provide a safe, public space for them to demonstrate their skills and serve their community.
To show how your gift is making a difference we’ll send you:
|Rent of workshop premises||£360|
|Sewing materials and accessories: cloth, needles, pins, tape||£490|
|Maintenance and upkeep of sewing machines||£200|
|Equipment for workshop - table, chairs and an iron||£780|
|Phone top up||£275|
|Small allowance to support each woman in first three months of the business||£1,000|
|Business mentoring support including twice monthly visits for first year||£1,210|
|Project Possible UK team support||£1,103|
All of your gift will be project-focused, with none of it going towards admin or fundraising. Instead, it will be used to cover:
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