Five years ago, CIMERWA started supporting a local tailoring cooperative in a bid to impact the livelihood of women in the Bugarama community.
This initiative is part of a series of community driven projects around the Bugarama CIMERWA plant area which range from supporting tailors, building a market, a clinic and even a primary school aptly named “L’educateur”.
The tailoring project, aimed at supporting the cooperative through capacity building and financial assistance.
The support extended to these tailors has transformed their lives both socially and economically as narrated by Jacqueline Nyinawingeli one of the beneficiaries of this project “when I joined this project back in 2014, I was struggling. I couldn’t afford daily expenses and my children were in bad health due to lack of nutritious foods but thanks to the support provided by CIMERWA many of us poor women can finally afford to take our children to good schools, pay their school fees and buy scholastic material for them without difficulty”
The cooperative has moved on to train young girls who did not have a chance to go further in their education. The girls are taught tailoring skills by the members and after acquiring the necessary skills they’re given a chance to join the cooperative