Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Length of project: 12 months
Partner: Bana ya Kivuvu
We’re five women who still find it hard to speak of our past. We came from broken homes and experienced exploitation. This was our past, but it is not our future. We’ve gained training as dressmakers and now want to open two new shops that inspire people to love sewing and dressmaking as much as we do and can give us the independence we want so much!Project details
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We have all known poverty. Some of us never knew our father, some of us moved to Kinshasa in hope that we could earn money to support our families. None of us had money for education and faced tough decisions to support ourselves. We were exploited by those we thought we could trust. We felt trapped and struggled to change our circumstances.
We thank God every day for leading us to the training centre with Project Possible. We didn’t just learn skills in sewing and dressmaking, we found friendship and learnt about new possibilities in our lives. Most of all we were welcomed into a family that loved and cared for us.
Since graduating we have been running our own small workshops from our homes. We have lived together and have journeyed together. We all love sewing and now want to open two shops where we can continue to make beautiful clothes and can inspire other people to sew too!
“I have great know-how when it comes to dressmaking. I will present a stylish and welcoming shop. People can buy material, buttons and needles and get help as they sew for themselves. I don't want to rely on others anymore, I want to be independent with this venture.” Meddy's hopes for her shop
Project Possible is working with local partner Bana ya Kivuvu to help five women launch two shops – providing sewing material and accessories alongside dressmaking workshops. Through these new shops they can inspire people to sew and gain independence for themselves and their families.
We’ll be working closely with our partner to:
The Fair-Trading Farmers of Soroti
Local women, who’ve known poverty and hunger, are setting up enterprises to trade good quality local produce at competitive prices.
The Digitally-Connected Families of El Alto
Two talented families, who've faced ill treatment, have set up small enterprises and are wanting to grow their poverty-fighting ventures.