|22 Sep 2022|
Campaign to get 20 Sewing Machines
Economic Empowerment through tailoring: An initiative by The World Dominion International Ministry .
IDS Alum Andrew Adwera (MASSD01), founder of the Kiota Initiative, is starting a new project to help bring economic empowerment to women in Nairobi, Kenya. Kiota initiative shares some common values and anchors its inspirations from the larger vision of World Dominion International Ministry (WDMI) that has several economic empowerment programmes in place with an aim to positively impact on the livelihoods of their members. Within the WDMI, there are specific initiatives set in place that manages short term vulnerability needs by for instance having monthly support to specific vulnerable families in the form of food and other household materials as well as programmes helping families build specific employability skills such as in tailoring, journalism skills in video recording, shooting and editing, hospitality industry amongst others. Activities within Andrew’s initiative are anchored under the WDMI as they share similar values.
The objective of this initiative is to set women up with their own sewing machines, enabling them to receive adequate training and allow them to work in a safe place and operate at a state of liberty to promote economic empowerment and development. The ministry will take lead of the initiative to help secure jobs and tenders, from their rich networks including government departments especially county government that allocates 30% contracts to women projects, schools and colleges, industries and companies, and churches who often require large scale production of fabric. The initiative will initially target female family members of the youths who are involved in the Kiota Initiative and living in Nairobi, with the aim to branch out to include economically vulnerable women as the initiative progresses and grows.
This initiative will allow women to drastically increase their current income allowing them economic freedom and support for their families. The initiative will also generate money for the purchase of more sewing machines and training opportunities to expand and include more women within the initiative therefore increasing the number of women and families who will benefit.
Currently, the initiative is using only 2 rented sewing machines which is unsustainable and costly therefore they do not have the capacity to rent enough machines for all the women already working within the initiative. This is slowing down the progress of the initiative and is not allowing for its full economic potential.
Andrew and the WDMI are currently campaigning to get 20 sewing machines to help get the initiative started and underway, if you can help in anyway or know of anyone who can help provide them with a sewing machine, please contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their Just Giving Page.
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