Neither Janet or Patricia had any formal training or qualifications before starting tailoring training with Eliashib Women’s Centre and Tools for Self Reliance. As well as learning practical skills – taking measurements, cutting and sewing techniques, and pattern design – they also valued the business management training. Learning about planning and capital, and the importance of location and marketing of a business has been really important in setting up their own enterprise, Lets Work Together.
They have already started taking orders for independence celebrations and school uniforms, and have opened a bank account. Saving is important to the group, and they are working towards having their own premises. They have a contact who makes beaded jewellery, and have explored sharing space with her when they open a shop to attract a wider range of customers. Janet said this planning is important to the success of Lets Work Together, and having a plan means “you know where you started, and you know where you’re going.”
In five years time, with my farming and tailoring, I will be a powerful business woman
Blessings Tailoring Group, Zambia