Village women in Pakistan are the most suppressed people with few (if any!) opportunities to get a good education and gain employable skills. Dariya wanted to reach out to village women by establishing sewing centers and train them in a skill that is in great demand.
Dariya initiated 6 sewing centers in six Pakistani villages. These sewing centers serve as a platform to minister to the women in the village. Trainees not only gain the skill training, but also receive training in moral matters, and safe pregnancy and birthing. The goal is that after six months of training in sewing and hosiery goods, the women will be able to earn for their families.
The majority of the women taking the sewing classes knew nothing about sewing. About half of them are from 15 to 20 years of age with a family income anywhere from $15 to $200 a month. In these six centers, 58% are Muslim and 42% are Christians.
Ratna* tells how these classes helped change her life:
I have five brothers and two sisters. My father is sick. He had paralysis attack and became unable to do any kind of work. My two brothers are working. I didn’t know any kind of skills before getting this training. Due to poor family conditions, I was unable to go to city and get some professional skill training because of high fees of institutions and also the bus fares.
I came to know about the sewing center from other girls of my village who attend this sewing center. I took admission in the sewing center with a very low fee. After completing my training in 2017, one of my cousins told me about the factory that gives cuttings of the frocks, trousers, children outfits, etc., and you stitch them.
So far I have stitched more than 100 suits from this factory and received from $2.00 to $3.00 per piece. I also stitch clothes for my neighbor women. At present I earn about $85 per month by using this skill. I remember the days when we had no food in our home when my brother didn’t get his daily wage. Now I am so grateful to be able to bring groceries and other food items for my family.
I have a message for the girls in sewing classes — learn everything by heart, because this skill will benefit you in your difficult times in the future. I am very thankful to Dariya Development that enabled me to divide the burden of my family.
*Name changed for security reasons.