Billy and the community established that there was a need for economically disadvantaged women to be able to gain skills that could be used for income generation. Many women had essential roles taking care of the family and providing funds through farm work and sewing, which often did not bring in enough money a month to support their families. The necessity for skills that could be used to create an income-generating activity for women was high, therefore, this idea for a tailoring project was established.
A 30-member Mothers group known as Chiondwe Mother Group, established in 2017, partnered with Billy for this project. This aim was to equip this group of 30 women ages 25-60 with tailoring skills by offering comprehensive training. 29 women went through a six-week tailoring training, run by two qualified trainers from Mzimba town. Five sewing machines were provided. After the training, women set up a temporary shop where they started producing clothes for sale while waiting to construct a tailoring shelter. Some of the group members were teachers, who used their skills to help students tailor their clothes for school. The group also focused on making reusable sanitary pads for girls in the community.
9 women went through a six-week tailoring training, run by two qualified trainers from Mzimba town. Five sewing machines were provided.
Since the training ended, the group has managed to set up a temporary shop to conduct business. The goal is to use the funds to set up a fully functioning tailoring business for the community.
The implementation team plans to save 30% of the profits for general maintenance and savings, before splitting the money equally between all the workers.