Heri Ministries Sewing Project
“In committing to the long-term education and mentoring of the children of our programs, our goal has been slow and steady growth of the organization in order that the children reach their best potential as confident self-reliant adults, given their individual circumstances.”Jan Wood, Secretary, Elimu
December, 2014 – Seven young ladies graduated from Heri Ministries Sewing Program. They completed their National Trade Certification Exams in both tailoring and dressmaking at the beginning of December and returned to their rural homes with their brand new sponsored sewing machines. They will receive their official certificates from the Kenyan government sometime in March, 2015.
April, 2014 Heri Ministries Sewing College hosts graduation ceremonies for 2012 and 2013 graduates. All of the grads spoke of the benefits of their sewing skills. All five Elimu grads are sewing and making a living with their machines. Some are supporting siblings in school. Others assist with living expenses. All expressed a great deal of hope for their futures and shared that hope with the current first and second year students.
October, 2013 – Heri Ministries Sewing College hosts business training seminar for all students. The three-day program covers budgeting, planning, saving and how to benefit from small loans.
April, 2013 – Elimu representatives visit Dorothy (2012 graduate) in her rural village. Her father proudly sports new trousers and shirt sewn by his daughter. Income from her sewing business provided raw materials for him to carve. He sells the carvings in town to generate income.
January, 2013 – Six new students sponsored to Heri Ministries Sewing Project. (Most so far.)
September, 2011 – Elimu’s sewing graduate Mary (graduated 2010) starts to build her own mud house from income generated through her tailoring business. (She also helps provide for her sisters education.)
December, 2006 – First Elimu graduates from Heri Ministries Sewing College. Each is given a sewing machine to start their own micro-business at home in their rural communities. (9 young women in total.)