The sewing group: empowering women
The sewing group is doing well. About 10 women come regularly and the group is slowly growing as word gets around what it is all about. Upaseeli, the teacher has built a good relationship with them and the women bring each other treats to share each time like ‘kiribath’ (milk rice – a popular dish in Sri Lanka made from rice and coconut milk) and biscuits. It’s great that the group are getting on so well and could be a good ‘vehicle for change’ in the community!
Some women attending the group have some knowledge of sewing whilst others are beginners. Upaseeli’s aim is to bring them all up to a certain level so that they can all participate in the making of a product that can be sold in Sri Lanka and the UK.
On Saturday, 2 of the group were able to attend a 1 day workshop in Colombo where 2 talented seamstresses living in Singapore came over to teach some women to make a beautiful patchwork purse. This was possible through the link with Seema, the kind and generous lady who put us in touch with Upaseeli and who runs sewing groups with other women living in difficult circumstances. The two women, Isuri and Ruwaida, who attended the workshop came back singing its praises and delighted with what they had learnt. They had been given material and equipment to practise and it will be great to see their finished products. Upaseeli was also at the workshop so she can teach the women who were not able to attend at the centre in Badowita.