THE IMPACT OF OUR WORK KEEPS US GOING ON
WE TEACH WOMEN HOW TO STITCH AND MAKE AN INCOME
Our main purpose is to show the marginalized women in our society that there is hope for them. Using the art of stitching we teach them how to convert a needle and thread into an income and a lifestyle for themselves.
The Objectives of the Project are:
To provide bridge finance using cross stitch as a skill
To enhance social cohesion
To enhance psycho-social health
To stimulate creativity
Social dignity restitution
The project has three components;
TrainingWe train the participants in cross stitch skill. They are provided with the cross stitch kit which consists of the needle, thread and patterned fabric which they then stitch into beautiful tapestries.
Quality ControlWe carry out strict quality control during the entire stitching process. Pieces that do not meet the standard are redone. Upon completion, the women are paid and the pieces collected.
Market LinkageThe collected pieces are then framed and sold both locally and internationally by Cross Stitch International. So far the reception of the products has been good and we desire to increase both the range and quantity of products.
Over 700 women have been trained in different parts of the country
Each has stitched two to three pieces. 80% of our participants are special interest and vulnerable groups being:
- Prison inmates
- Persons Living with Disabilities’
- Persons recovering from substance abuse
Cross Stitch has helped women impact their families, causing over 5000 lives to be uplifted
The participants after having earned an income are introduced to Table Banking through our partner organization, Joyful Women (www.joywo.org).
Table Banking is a group-based funding strategy where members come together to save and borrow loans from their groups. They use the loans to start livelihood activities which generate an income to support themselves and their families.
Through cross stitch, the program participants have been able to:
- Increase on their skills for livelihoods
- Diversify their streams of income
- Upgrade their lives by the income generated
- Improve their health by managing stress