Of course, our trainees come and go. Our mission is to ensure that when they leave us they are equipped with the training and competence to provide for themselves and their dependants.
On the other hand, our supplies stay with us. They are the essential resources we depend upon, year in year out, to continue our training programs. Our sewing machines in particular are the corner stone of our tailoring workshops: we depend upon them at every stage of the tailoring process.
By sponsoring a sewing machine, you can make a permanent difference to the quality of our program and ensure that we have a vital resource for teaching trainees to become proficient in the craft of tailoring.
Microfinance Grant Schemes
Any of our trainees graduating at the Fashion Lab, has the opportunity to take out a grant to fund the purchase of a sewing machine and a starter kit to help them start their own business. Some graduates decide to start working independently, while others join forces to set up local cooperatives. Mayamiko asks that each applicant saves 50% of the required amount, and commits to funding the remaining 50%. We also help our graduates with basic financial planning to achieve their saving objectives, as well as business planning to support their business objectives.
"Being involved with Mayamiko has been a wonderful and eye opening experience. It has given me an insight to a whole new world which requires further assistance in building a better future for the new generation. Mayamiko's work at present has definitely been positive and has improved the self-esteem of young women with HIV in Malawi, giving them an opportunity to build skills in the textiles industry. It's been a pleasure to contribute my graphic design knowledge to communicate Mayamiko's objectives and express their story so far. It's also been lovely to be a part of something that is positive that you know that will continue to do their best and grow in the future."