SIMAP, WAB donate sewing machines to Region 8 women
Guyana Chronicle – April 17, 2008
More than 20 Amerindian women of Mahdia and Micobie in Region Eight (Potaro / Siparuni) are now equipped with sewing machines that will enable them to earn an income.
The Women’s Affairs Bureau (WAB) of the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, in collaboration with the Social Impact Amelioration Programme (SIMAP), donated several sewing machines to the women.
Regional Executive Officer of Region Eight, Ishawar Dass, said the machines were donated to help the women improve their standard of living.
Most of the women are single parents.
Dass said they will train others to sew, thereby enabling them to earn an income and also minimize their cost-of-living as they will no longer have to pay a seamstress to sew for them.
Last year, 29 Amerindian women from the Deep South and South Central communities of Region Nine were trained in a six-week certificate sewing programme in Lethem.
This initiative was a collaborative effort by the WAB, the Basic Needs Trust Fund and the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development. The women were trained to cut and measure and to do tie-dye and batik.
Twenty-five sewing machines were donated to various communities by several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), while the then Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues, assisted the women with raw materials when she visited the various communities.