Project Launch: 10-16-18
YOWORI aims to create the conditions needed to allow young women to become independent, productive, healthy leaders. Severe poverty and a number of traditional practices in rural Malawi make achieving this vision a challenge.
With previous funding from the Eightone Africa, YOWORI trained 21 teen mothers in tailoring and designing skills for 2 months instead of the planned six due to limited resources. YOWORI intends to facilitate an extra 2 months of tailoring training, entrepreneurship, and business management workshops, and provide small loans for participants to start their businesses. In this manner, Malawian women will have the chance to ready themselves for professional and personal success in the near future, overcoming significant structural barriers in the process.
Project Update: 4-2-19
The project is training 13 girls in tailoring and designing, with both theoretical and practical components. The practical aspect requires the girls to use the sewing machines in making skirts, blouses, dresses, uniforms, and reusable sanitary pads. The girls have made 50 items (the above mentioned) which are being sold at the community market days. Unfortunately, the market dynamics have been disrupted by the heavy rains and only a few items have been sold. The facilitators will continue to ensure that the girls produce quality materials that can be easily bought at the market. The girls are also trained in marketing strategies to help them attract community members to their products.