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B’Fit Tailoring School

Welcome to Betty’s tailoring school and workshop!

I first met Betty in 2008 and have been thrilled to be able to witness the growth of her tailoring business. Since 2014, Betty has been sewing pads and bags for our menstrual kits. She has made me several outfits simply based on a sketch and my measurements. She is a gifted seamstress.

Two years ago, she spoke about wanting to start a tailoring school. Her dream was to train others as well as offering internship for tailoring students. This spring, her dream began to materialize.

She found a home with 5 rooms where she can live with her family and students can stay during the week if they live far away.

She is offering full training programs as well as specialized training if someone wants to learn a specific skill. She is also learning machine repair to be able to teach her students.

ISEE helped her equip her school so that she can offer full services from the design to the final product with details like snaps. The only piece she is not interested in doing is the embroidery but who knows, that may come next!

The students at Dr Knox held a bake sale to sponsor Lydia, a young mother of 2, who had been chased from school when she fell pregnant with her first child. It took a few weeks for Lydia to settle into Betty’s school program but now she is soaring.

Betty says Lydia has great drive and is continuously trying new things. She simply looks at a dress, thinks of modifications, and starts sewing. To say she couldn’t sew three months ago, this young woman is incredibly gifted.

“I want to be an international designer,” Lydia exclaims. If she stays as focussed as she is now, I see a bright designing future for her!

Have a great day.

Erika

Jennifer update

Those of you who traveled to Uganda with me pre-2012 will remember our gentle driver Robert. He died suddenly in 2012, leaving his pregnant wife Jennifer and two young children, Joshua and Joyce. I met Jennifer in 2012, just days before she gave birth to her son Josiah.

Jennifer sells shoes at Owino Market. She buys large sacks of shoes that come from Kenya then sells them to the street vendors. In 2014, a Kelowna school sponsored Jennifer to be able to purchase better bales of shoes and to share a rented space.

She invited me to visit her in her home this past Saturday and to meet Joyce and Josiah. She shared their report cards with me. Joyce has beautiful handwriting and Josiah is a great artist. Joyce wants to be a doctor. I told her that when I move to Uganda and am an old jaja, she can be my doctor!

Jennifer says business is hard these days as a tax has been added to the bales so a 300,000 shilling bale now costs an extra 50,000.

“The price has increased but the quality is poor. Even better bales cannot guarantee the quality of the shoes inside.”

Jennifer is another example of the amazing resilience of the Ugandan women. I am so humbled by their hard work.

Have a lovely day.

Erika

PS: we still need sponsors for the last 4 mamas! Any amount helps.