Meet Threads and Light – a widows group in Nigeria we have partnered with at Rafiki!
Here is their story:
Widows come to us in a variety of ways, sometimes through referrals by their churches, others by word of mouth, while some are sent by other ministries. When widows join our program, they are taught sewing through craft making. Through the sale of these crafts, the ministry supports itself and pays the widows. Once they are proficient, the widows are paired with a tailor to learn dressmaking.
When the widows graduate from our program, they are each given a sewing machine. We also encourage and help the ladies to save their money to start their own businesses. The program lasts for a year but is adapted to the need of the individual. The women also have the option of remaining with us as tailors to hone their skills.