These girls were the original six girls who helped start the program. They are the leaders of this program and enjoy teaching others.
All the girls practicing cutting. Some of them had never used scissors before.
Let's take a Selfie
We cut our material!
With our first girls, we took the process step by step. This was after the cutting stage!
When the girls first sat down at the machines.
Jessica and Joanne helping Misgana and Mihret with the machines. The first day was very hands on.
We empower our girls by working as a team!
We would celebrate after each step of the process
Misgana and Mihret
Sinafekesh and Jessica
Pins and needles
Mihret saying hi
Girls at work
Misgana and Bethlehem
"Is this how you do it?"
Wow that's a lot of scarves around their necks
Learning out to replace a needle
We would stop and all watch and learn.
Hawi and Friwot Sewing
Everyone watching Jessica as she teaches how to hand sew.
Jessica and Friwot
A bond of teaching, a bond of empowering girls.
Learning from Mihret
Mihret taught one of her teachers, Ephrem, to sew a scarf! This ensures that she will be able to teach others.
Tibebu the teacher.
Tibebu was proud of the scarf he made. Sewing is just as much an opportunity for him as it is for the girls. By teaching the teachers they are engaged and more likely to empower the girls to keep sewing.
Boys like scarves too!
Some of the Elpis boys borrowed the girls' scarves. They look handsome!
The first batch
This batch of 75 scarves were gifted to the girls in grades 5-8 at the Sitota Learning Center. The sewing girls made created them and then got to pass the out. It was a special moment.
Two happy 7th grade girls who received their scarves.
Pictured here are the majorite of the 5-8 grade girls who received the first set of Sitota Scarves as a gift. A gift for them to feel confident and fashionable.
8th grade recipients
A few of the girls excited about their new scarves!
Jessica saying goodbye to girls who received scarves
The old Sewing machines are found all around Awassa. Many women and men have the job to mend clothing. This is a possible job opportunity for our girls.
These Ladies rock!
Major thanks to Mrs. Courtney, Naomi, and Joanne for helping pull off a successful first trip.
The backbone of this business
Our first trip was one to remember. So many lessons learned, so many arguments, so many tears of joy. We experienced it together. I am so glad you were there for my first trip. I wouldn't have been able to do any of it without you.
Summer Sewing 2015
The girls were back sewing over summer to create the first inventory.