Interview with a New Seamstress
“I’m so grateful for all that is happening to me right now because of this opportunity,” Frienda exclaimed, with her face full of joy and hope for the future. “I’ve learned a lot,” she added. “Before I started here, I was not doing anything.”
The young mother of two graduated from the trainee program at our Sew Powerful Sewing Co-op in Ngombe Compound, Lusaka, Zambia, to becoming a fully paid seamstress. “Now I’m able to provide for my children and my parents,” she announced proudly.
Frienda is now one of the JR seamstresses on our staff and has learned to make reusable feminine hygiene products and school uniforms, two of the purposeful products made as part of the co-op program.
Life for young adults such as Frienda can be challenging in Zambia, where the poverty rate is one of the highest in the world. According to statistics from the World Bank, "more than 58% (2015) of Zambia's 16.6 million people earn less than the international poverty line of $1.90 per day (compared to 41% across Sub-Saharan Africa) and three-quarters of the poor live in rural areas.” (from https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/zambia/overview#1,2015).
Frienda is also completing her High School education at night while she is learning English and sewing. She now earns a living wage for her work. View her encouraging story here: