Jennifer is a tailor. A fact of which she is immensely proud. She loves the feeling of creating something with her own hands, capturing an idea and watching it take shape with just fabric and her sewing machine. Jennifer works in a small, blue, rented shop near the Namatala market. She pays for rent through mending clothes for her neighbors, friends and the odd customer. In a small, two-room house with eight children, Jennifer’s rented shop becomes a peaceful safe haven.
Jennifer hopes to use a business grant from 1000 Shillings to start selling kitenge (African print fabric) in her shop. This will allow her to grow her shop significantly, as the fabric will allow her to make new clothes for customers. Jennifer has been sewing for years, and she is excited to try out the clothing designs she has been practicing. A business grant from 1000 Shillings will allow her the opportunity to grow this business!
Jennifer’s husband is a farmer, and works diligently to support his family. However, he does not earn enough to support his wife and children. Jennifer is currently the breadwinner in the family, and growing her business would allow her and her husband to pay for school fees for their eight children!
It’s inspiring to see someone do what they love, and it’s evident watching Jennifer that she has found her passion in sewing.
A PLACE TO TEACH
Jennifer learned to sew through a tailoring class she was fortunate to take. The class along with her love of sewing have allowed her to use her knowledge to start a business. Now she is teaching other women in Namatala her craft.
“Sewing has allowed me to do so many things,” says Jennifer “I want to teach others so they can also have these opportunities.”
Generously, Jennifer allows women to join her in her shop and learn to sew on an extra sewing machine. Despite the demand to learn, Jennifer doesn’t charge the women anything to learn to sew.