My grandmother was an amazing seamstress. She sewed beautifully and often made clothing for my mother and her sisters. For one aunt’s wedding, Grandma made all seven bridesmaid dresses and a lovely pink flower girl dress for me. My mother and I both sew, but neither of us come close to my grandmother’s skill. So it was fascinating for me to read the reports of ladies in the Molo Sewing Program each month showing off their new skills. Like me, the first thing they learned to make was an apron. But they soon went on to very complicated and highly skilled clothing. They learned to make pleated dresses and menswear, school uniforms with peter pan collars and inset sleeves, and all sorts of housewares.
It takes a great deal of skill and patience to put together tailored clothing. Each piece must be measured, cut, and pinned together. Pleats take forever to get just right. Menswear has so many layers! And seams must be folded, ironed, pinned to get straight. I am amazed at all these ladies learned and did in just one year. And then, in December, during the Christmas in Kenya celebrations, each child received a very special present- a brand new school uniform unique to each child’s new school, made by these ladies. Those sewing machines must have been flying!
The ladies gathered daily to work together on black Singer machines. Together they not only learned a difficult skill, but they had patience, persistence, and dedication. They are still gathering every day from Monday to Thursday to create new clothes and creations to sell in the market over the weekend. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
From the ladies in the sewing class:
“The class is very grateful for everyone who is making it possible for them to acquire such vital skills as sewing, which will be instrumental for them to be able to be able to support their families. They promise to continue working hard and to utilize the opportunity that God has granted them through Project 82 to grow and develop themselves. My prayer is that God will continue to bless the work of their hands.”
-Lauren Childers, Communications