As well as being a useful day to day skill, tailoring can not only reduce household costs otherwise spent on buying clothes or school uniforms for children, it can also provide a potential source of additional income which will go directly to the women involved.
In addition to the practical tailoring skills, women taking part in SWEEP have received financial literacy and entrepreneurship training that aims to help them set up and make use of community saving schemes. These schemes can help give women access to micro-loans – something that traditional financial systems are often unable to provide to rural communities.
Women can then use these small loans to buy their own sewing machine or set up their own local businesses. On top of this, women participating in the programme benefit from having a social network they can call on for support.#
Not only are livelihoods and incomes improving for the women involved, but their communities are benefitting from new businesses being set up, participants sharing knowledge with friends and neighbours and an increased community awareness on gender, rights and responsibilities.