Africa Update

Abibatu in her gorgeous African dress.

Our most recent trip was to Sierra Leone, Africa, in October, where we spent five days meeting with women who are in our micro-credit program. We were amazed to hear the stories of their accomplishments. Our top student, N’Mamah, has just opened a second shop and entered into a new micro-credit loan with SSI to purchase a specialized embroidery machine. Abibatu has purchased an embroidery machine to grow her business, and Ruth paid her loan in full and purchased several more machines to expand her tailoring shop. There are so many success stories to report. We had a wonderful lunch meeting where we got reacquainted and shared our stories. The most laughter came when the girls were reminiscing about Sylvia’s attention to detail and how she would tell them to “Loose” seams that were not straight enough. This meant they had to take them out. The women laughed at how they sometimes hear Sylvia’s voice when they are preparing garments that they have sold. They all agreed that this helps them to keep their products above average in quality as Sylvia has instilled excellence in them. Several new students came to meet with us and presented business plans, which we were quite impressed with. Our time was well utilized, and we came away in awe of how well our students are progressing, in a country that has so many obstacles. The micro-credit program is not only producing sustainability, but many of the woman are growing their businesses well beyond our expectations!

Categories Blog, News | Tags: | Posted on October 12, 2011

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