WE DID IT!! (In our Elle Woods Voice)Posted June 12, 2014
In our squeakiest Elle Woods voice (Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde)…. Class of 2014- WE DID IT!! So excited to announce that we have just graduated 20 more ladies from our sewing program in India. I can’t tell you what that feels like! Since 2005 we have put over 200 women through a year long life changing course. You may be saying……a year long sewing program?!? How long does it take to teach someone to sew? I, too, have had those thoughts. Allow me to explain. The women selected to take part in the program are usually illiterate (and yes, I had to spell check that word so maybe I need to go back to school). They have not had the opportunities for education that most of us take for granted. Usually they have to work in the fields all day just to earn their meal for the day. Because of this, we split the class of 20 into 2 groups. Each group comes two days a week. Because of our limited space in our rented facility, this system works out nicely. Because of the dire circumstances a lot of these women are in, they simply could not go to class 5 days in a row. In most cases they are struggling to put food on the table. They are taken through a comprehensive sewing course on every aspect of pattern making, alterations, and even hand embroidery. Upon graduation, they are fully capable of sewing any garment or item for the home, complete with hand embellishment. As an added bonus, each student is presented with their own pedal operated sewing machine. This enables them to start their very own sewing business! Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting most of the past sewing graduates. Let me tell you, it was a humbling experience to say the least. One after another they stood up to tell us how the sewing program had changed their life. It was very encouraging and confirmation that our work was making a difference in women’s lives across the globe. Who would think that through the purchase of some cool rain boots or jewelry that all of this was possible?