Sewing Machine

£150

Sewing Machine

£150

Why a sewing machine?

In many developing countries, education and job opportunities for women are extremely limited. Not only will a sewing machine help a woman clothe her family, but it provides a sustainable source of income and financial independence.

What will your gift do?

This gift, consisting of a sewing machine and material, may go to a vocational training centre empowering women in a deprived area or directly to a family in need.

I'm doing all the legwork - all you have to do is click!
I'm doing all the legwork - all you have to do is click!

A gift for Aneesa (1/2)

In 2015, 16-year-old Aneesa Kousar, graduated from the Muslim Hands Vocational Training Centre in Kotli and started a home business. The centre was created to empower women just like Aneesa. After her father passed away, Aneesa’s family (including her mother, brother, and five sisters) were relying solely on their uncle’s income to survive. As she witnessed her family’s struggle to meet their daily needs, Aneesa made up her mind to do something to improve their lives. She joined the Muslim hands VTC near her village, where she soon flourished.

Aneesa's journey (2/2)

Using a sewing machine gifted to the centre, she became a talented seamstress and began to make clothes for her family and neighbours. When she wasn’t stitching clothes or making Kashmiri dresses, she was planning to open her own boutique and become a professional tailor. ‘It used to break my heart when my younger sisters cried for something or when my mother couldn’t afford treatment for her sickness. Now I am earning enough to survive easily,’ she says. ‘I am blessed that I learned these skills and am living with dignity. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your support'.

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