Supporting Exit Strategies for Exploited Young Women

Year: 2019
Country: Malawi
Project Investment: $730.90
Project Status: Funded
Sector: Economic Opportunity

Project Launch: 10-22-19

People Saving Girls at Risk (PSGR) and the Nkhombe Community Based Organization will establish a tailoring and knitting project targeting 10 girls who were either rescued from sex trafficking or are withdrawn from early marriages. The six months training will equip the girls with skills to sew sweaters, skirts, blouses, uniforms, and jerseys to be sold in their community and surrounding villages. Working in groups, the participants will use the skills to generate income for sustaining their households and establishing new beginnings. 

Project Update: 3-31-20

In partnership with Nkhombe Community Based Organization, People Saving Girls at Risk has established a community skills development program aimed at economically empowering young women who are survivors of abuse. Ten women are being trained using the two tailoring machines procured with this grant. The women are now sewing basic items like dresses and shirts. To enhance the impact, People Serving Girls At Risk is also training participants on self esteem and financial management. Additionally, the girls are being trained as anti-gender based violence agents to become activists in their community. This project is expected to reduce girls' reliance on prostitution to generate income. 

Final Report: 6-10-20

Through this training, 10 women have mastered basic tailoring skills and can make dresses, skirts, shorts, and other garments. The participants have already started earning an income by selling their work and mending clothes for people in the community. Aside from tailoring skills, women were trained in group dynamics which will enable them to work as a cooperative in the future. All ten women continue to practice their skills together in an effort to progressively improve.

People Saving Girls At Risk reports that women are more assertive in speaking out against harmful social norms and bad practices in their families and communities. They have been sharing gender based violence prevention messages to others in the community. The women are now regarded as role models due to their self-employment and ability to speak out against violence. 

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