Sewing Project-- Cooking Boxes Business… The box is made of fabric and stuffed with sponge. The boxes are an efficient way to conserve charcoal, water and time. I taught the women to use the box. First, I boiled rice for 5 minutes, covered it with the lid and laid the pot in the cooking box. After 45 minutes the rice is ready. We cooked potatoes, meat and beans all in the box… Read more about the cooking boxes here.
Justin is 34, a single mother of 4 and lives a few doors down from Hope and Care. In 2008 she had a dream (night time dream). She dreamt she had a sewing machine and was sewing clothes. She told her husband and he laughed at her, telling her it would never happen. When she heard there were two sewing machines at Hope and Care she began stopping in to watch Ema, Stella, Esther and myself. We’d hand her scissors to help us cut fabric or she’d help pin. She would sit and watch as we used the machines. Day by day she learned more skills; she learned to use a needle and thread to finish button holes and close the openings in the cooking boxes, how to measure a person in order to make a skirt and finally how to use the machine. Her dream has come true.
One evening 8 women came to ask when they would be able to begin sewing. They are all eager to start working. These 2 machines were the first steps of a long process of transformation. Read more about the long-term plan here. Read More