What the Thriving Tailor sewing programme means

Meet 2 of our Thriving Tailors!

As we are already running our 4th Thriving Tailor sewing program, it’s a great time to reflect and find out how some of our past students are done.

Last summer, some of our students provided business plans and 2 were chosen to receive sewing kids consisting of a machine, fabric, a cutting table and a small starter kit.

Nearly a year on, we caught up with the recipients to see how they are doing.

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Elize, our first student was interviewed:

What did you do with your sewing kit? I continue my pre-professional development with my mentor in Niessega (8km from Gourcy).

Did you sell any items? Yes, I sold my articles especially during the holidays

What has the revenue allowed you to do? The revenue allowed me to contribute to the business expenses and to help my family.

Have you been able to help your family sew? Yes, I sewed outfits for certain people in my family with beautiful models.

Did you pursue your studies at Bethel Gourcy School? Yes, I am still at Bethel School

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Habibou has also been telling us how the kit has been going for him

What did you do with your sewing kit? I established myself in my mentor’s studio to perfect myself.

Did you sell any items? Yes, I sold some items.

What did the revenue allow you to do? It allowed me to contribute to the expenses of the family: rent, schooling, books, and to save in order to open my own business in the future.

Have you been able to help your family sew? Yes, I have two little sisters who are learning with me between classes.

Did you pursue your studies at Bethel Gourcy School? No, I did not pursue my studies, but I am enrolled in sewing courses during the day, and I pursue my bachelors.

Thanks to you, these students are on the road to setting up their own businesses. Can you help others do the same?