Fulfilling a dream

“It was my dream to learn how to sew clothes but I did not have money to pay for the course but when I heard about this sewing project it was a big opportunity for me. I have faith that very soon I will be able to work and gain money to support my children as a single mother if this xenophobia stops.”

Evelyn is a member of the Tumaini Refugee Women’s Sewing Group. She says about being part of the group: “I miss our fellowship, our stories, sharing meals together and learning sewing skills. I am very pleased to be a member of this group. It was my dream to learn how to sew clothes but I did not have money to pay for the course but when I heard about this sewing project it was a big opportunity for me. I have faith that very soon I will be able to work and gain money to support my children as a single mother if this xenophobia stops. My experience is positive. I learnt sewing skills and sharing stories and ideas with other women.”

Evelyn is a driver of change because: “I share a lot about our project and encourage other women to learn some skills to be economically independent. Before I join this group, I was feeling lonely, and hopeless but now I have people to talk to and who support me. Because of this sewing project I have gained sewing skills and hopping for better life. This project has positively impacted my life in many ways especially emotionally. I was just a simple group member but Love BUHENDWA was our leader.

I have gained sewing skills, and solidarity. We came up with the idea of contributing R 50 each to help any of us who will experience difficulty such death in the family or when one of us give birth. One of our group member lost his father back home and we contributed R 50 to assist her.

SADAG has been responsible for this change by providing to us sewing machines, materials, transport, food, and paying for our teachers. When I am stress free my all family are happy. My future plan is to work in a clothing factory and to help other people.”