Kanyama Tailoring project for Disabled Female Youths

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The challenge that the project addresses

There are about 30 disabled females from Lusaka’s poorest urban community. They want to gain skills to support themselves, as very few organizations are willing to employ persons with disabilities.

What is your project doing to respond to this challenge?

The Kanyama Association for Disabled persons  has a tailoring school with sewing machines. It has been running for the past 5 years, and has trained about 250 both able and disabled persons within the community. After the covid-19 crisis the training centre closed as the association has run out of funds.

Describe the project's impact

The project has created employment amongst the persons with disabilities, stopping them from being beggars on the street. At least 20 female disabled persons now run their own tailoring businesses to support themselves and their families.

How will you spend the R20,000 award if you win?

Will use the money to pay the training instructors so that at least 50 able and disabled persons can be self employed or find employment in established factories.

What do you hope to achieve?

  • create employment amongst persons with disabilities
  • improve the welfare of the persons with disabilities