Tag Archives : sewing

Stitches of Hope November 20, 2018

Carmen grew up with seven siblings! With all those kids, there was never quite enough to go around. Carmen vowed she’d do better by her own family someday.

But she wound up with four kids of her own – and now one grandchild! Making ends meet in Peru’s economy is tough. Her parents could barely feed all of them. As soon as she was old enough, Carmen dropped out of school to find a job.

After she had her first child, Carmen decided she needed to go back and finish high school. (more…)

Boss of her own future April 27, 2018

Verginia’s biggest dream is to be the boss. But growing up in Haiti, she had few opportunities to succeed.

When she was a young girl, Verginia’s parents scraped together enough money to send her to trade school where she learned to sew. They all hoped that someday she would be able to afford a sewing machine of her own. That was when her dream started.

A woman stands in a doorway with her arms folded across her chest.

Verginia strikes her best “boss pose.”

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“It’s Never Too Late” August 28, 2017

Do you believe in miracles? When I hear stories like Alta’s, I have no doubts at all. Miracles happen!

Alta, Kenia and Ismelda struggled to survive for years. But this sewing machine is changing everything!

When Alta was just 17, she was able to go to a sewing trade school. She took to it naturally, rapidly absorbing everything she could. More importantly she loved every minute of it! She dreamed of using her new skills to start her own business someday. Sewing was a way for her to build a future away from the poverty she’d grown up in. (more…)