One of the biggest challenges vulnerable families face is earning an income. Most of the families we support have no land, they are generally uneducated, perhaps having reached a Grade 4 primary education, and have no skills. They are reliant on menial & back breaking labor jobs. Life is hard & extremely physically demanding, when there is no work, life becomes extremely difficult.
To provide women (with families) the opportunity to learn some sewing skills and produce a range of Soft Toys which would be sold locally and allow them to supplement their income. We saw this work as part time, as a supplement to their farming work. We started the program with three women, none had ever sewn before and all were struggling to feed their children.
HUSK now has a team of eight women all supporting their families and working full time making not only Soft Toys but a range of other items like laundry bags, coasters and simple clothing items. These women now have a way to earn a regular income and meet their basic needs.