Participants of our sponsored sewing training not only learn how to handle high-speed sewing machines, various yarns and fabrics. They also learn how to apply to local employers and convince them in a job interview, punctuality and reliability are also being worked on. At the end of last year, another group of students benefited from this unique opportunity.
One of them is Iluminada. The 54-year-old single mother has been caring for her four children alone since the divorce from her husband. Currently, her monthly income is around 16 euros (1000 pesos) and that only through the financial support of one of her children. Through training, she has a good chance of finding a job later on.
Elinor, another participant, lives in a three-bedroom apartment in Subic with her husband, their two children and other relatives. The 47-year-old bought a sewing machine after training. When Project Life’s staff visited her in early January, she already earned more than 10 euros a week by making and repairing clothes.
The youngest participant in the course was Charise (34 years). She lives in Olongapo City with her three children and her husband. After training, Charise opened a tailor shop, where she repairs clothes. When we asked her about it, she estimated her income at about 5 euros a week.
Our heartfelt thanks go to the project sponsors who made this training possible for Iluminada, Elinor and Charise for €90 each. The personal thank you cards for the participants are on their way!