Family Training Center
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Info about the Family Training Center
A Family Training Center in Ethiopia trains 50-100 poor and/or disabled female students each year in a variety of home economics skills. The biggest and most popular class is sewing. The participants start by tracing patterns onto newspaper and hand-sewing the pieces of newspaper together to make doll-sized clothes. They then progress to practicing on large, poster-sized paper before moving on to actual fabric. Once they begin learning how to use the sewing machines, six women have to share each machine. The school has only eight sewing machines (manually operated by foot) for the 25 or more women who attend the school each morning and afternoon.
This project aims to provide enough sewing machines and sewing materials to enable the women sufficient time and materials to practice the skills that they are learning. The Training Center cannot afford to fund the community contribution (the co-directors often use their personal funds to purchase supplies for the school) and therefore are asking a local government group for support.
If more machines and materials are made available through this project, the women will produce significantly more clothing and home décor items to sell at the end of the year bazaar, the profits of which will fund the purchase of more materials for the following year. With the help of the this project, each graduating woman will gain the skills and the confidence to go out into her community and begin making an income that will enable her to provide for herself and her family.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.