On Friday, September 16th, KNWO, FRC (Finnish Refugee Council) and SSID (Small Scale Industry Department) celebrated the closure of its first vocational educational training in Basic Sewing techniques in a joint ceremony. The event held in Loikaw counted with the speeches of authorities and the training participants.
25 women from Kayah’s state all seven townships were awarded with a sewing training certificate. They took part in a eight week course designed to provide them with craft and living skills. Program goal is to prepare participants to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
Tee Moe, course trainer, shared her contentment with the mission: “I was very happy to see how interested in learning our students were and how hard they worked. I am often asked by other women in the villages when we will have another training, because they want to participate. I feel proud to be able to share my skills with other women.”
Basic sewing training is the first of a double module sewing course. Advanced sewing course is estimated to start in October and be run through the month of November. The program does not only builds women’s technical and soft skills, but also focus in ensuring they have guidance to commercialize their products. Activities held by KNWO staff include contact with potential clients and support participants to finance their sewing machines.