Poverty and unemployment has been devastating many households in Bangladesh. At the mercy of this poverty lies women who are the heads of their households. Facing unjustified discrimination and little to no opportunity for progression in careers women are challenged in the workplace to earn enough for their families. However, if provided a small amount of money and equipment these women can take the initiative to run their own small businesses and eventually have an easier time taking care of their families. Bangladesh has a large textile industry which is why stitching garments is a very valued and needed job. By training the women in need and providing them with sewing machines we can empower them to support themselves.
In collaboration with Basmah Foundation we have set up a sewing machine distribution program for women in need in Bangladesh. Basmah Foundation provides them with sewing machines and assists them with obtaining the skills needed to get a small business started in their household. We provide training at our sewing machine training center 2 at Ghoraghat, Dinajpur, Bangladesh.. We believe this dual pronged approach, providing free sewing machines as well as three months of training will help them to create a stable income for their families. In the past year alone, more than 155 families have already benefited from this program and many more are enrolled for this year as well.
This sewing machine center serves as a double blessing. It creates an employment opportunity for women in Bangladesh and we can use the garments manufactured for free distribution in the Rohingya refugee camps.
Volunteers from our partner organization Basmah Foundation (Government of Bangladesh NGO Affairs Bureau Registration Number – 3160) help in running day-to-day operations of this Sewing Machine Training Centre. This project and all services offered at this Sewing Machine Training Centre is approved by Government of Bangladesh NGO Affairs Bureau (Approval Number – 03.07.2666.6220.127.116.11-16)