Sewing Skills and Machines to Women Entrepreneurs in Haiti

Monday, February 17, 2014



The objective of this project is to train 200 underprivileged women in Haiti and help them become employable by teaching them valuable sewing skills. The project will also provide each woman with her own treadle sewing machine, allowing her to earn a living from a sewing business to support her family.

The Sewing Skills and Machines Project aims to:

  • Teach sewing skills in the village of Lebrun,
  • Quilting,
  • Embroidery,
  • Help set-up micro sewing business like a co-op for sustainability,
  • Teach sewing machine maintenance as part of a long-term sustainability plan so they can fix their own machines.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In rural Haiti, more than 70 percent of women are illiterate. Living in poverty with a limited education greatly hinders these women’s ability to find jobs to support their families. They are often at risk of being trapped in dehumanizing professions in order to feed and send their children to school. The Sewing Machine Project for the Community of Lebrun, Haiti will empower disadvantaged women in rural villages with valuable sewing skills and a sewing machine so they can earn a respectable living and help their families.

How will this project solve this problem?

The women will attend a tailoring school and receive six (6) months to one year of training, where they will develop their sewing skills and learn about basic business practices. Once a Haitian woman graduates from the tailoring program, she will receive her own treadle (foot powered) sewing machine or solar powered sewing machine. She will be able to start her own tailoring business from home and generate an income that can provide food and basic necessities for the whole family.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will empower 200 women and girls with sewing skills and provide them with a sewing machine to start their own self-sustaining tailoring business, and will teach them important entrepreneurial skills. These women, who are often poor single mothers and widows, will have an opportunity to use their skills to rise out of poverty and work toward a promising future for themselves and their families.