Creative Community Program
Your Sisters Creative Community Program (CCP) was implemented to provide the women of Tanzania with an avenue to upward mobility and economic self-sufficiency. The CCP offers women training and work opportunities in the area of craft and design in a fun, collaborative environment. The women earn a living wage, are able to help lift themselves out of poverty, help support their families, and in turn, give profits from the sale of products to the orphanage in support of the girls.
We are proud to now have over 25 women who have benefited from our program. As we expand our Creative Community Program with additional women and products, we continue to help even more women chart a path to build a better life for themselves and their families while helping Your Sisters Orphanage for Girls.
The tailors at Your Sisters keep busy sewing products year-round! Here are a few pictures and comments our tailors shared with us:
“Working with Your Sisters has benefitted me so much…I have been able to send my children to school.”
“We get togethers as a group and I am able to teach new skills to other sewers, helping them in areas where they can improve and work with materials better.”
“We work on projects in the village and enjoy time together, supporting each other and learning new skills.”
Latest Update – September 2014
What an exciting time!
In the last twelve months, we have been able to expands our program, products and market share.
Earlier this year, two very special volunteers hosted a 6-week sewing class for 8 new women who joined our Creative Community Program (CCP). It was not long before these women were able to use their new skills to start earning a living for their families. Together with our established women tailors, we are helping over 20 women through the CCP. We want to help even more!
While Your sisters signature heart bags continue to lead sales in Tanzania safari lodges and boutiques, we are building momentum with our recently introduced quilted patch bag.
We are beginning to explore distribution in the states, too! In addition to our heart and patch bags, we are introducing a new beaded Masaai Market Basket. This artful and versatile design has been suggested as a farmers’ market carryall basket, a beach bag and an all-around tote.
In order to meet these exciting changes and continue our progress, we are working toward building a more consistent ‘go-to-market’ production. We have many needs as we grow and reach out to more women. Your monthly gift helps greatly with this effort. If you are not a monthly supporter, won’t you consider helping us help more women?