Sewing is defined as the practice of connecting pieces of textile to each other with the help of a needle and a thread. Before the invention of weaving, people in the Paleolithic Era used to sew together fur and pieces of animal skins. The development of sewing has been crucial for people to protect themselves from the environment and was later combined with other handicraft techniques such as weaving. In 1790 the first sewing machine was invented and changed clothing production completed. During the industrial revolution in the course of the 19th century, ready-made clothes and mass-produced items came up. In the course of the 20th century, mass clothing production was outsourced to developing countries and produced unfair systems, exploitation and sweatshops.
At LWH we teach women sewing skills on the machine and pay a just wage for their work.
During the first month of training, we see if the woman is able to control the sewing machine, because we have experienced that not all the women are able to do this training program. The woman will start making small purses and increase the level of work during her training period, until she can use her creativity to produce all kinds of fabric items like clothing and backpacks.
- The sewing training lasts between one and two years, according to the progress of the trainee.
- In the first month, the trainee gets a stipend of 4000 NPR (around 38$).
- According to her progress and motivation, the monthly pay can increase up to 6000 NPR (57$) during her 1-2 years lasting training program.
After the training period, each woman can decide whether she wants to stay at the LWH-center to teach future students or whether she will produce pieces on her own at the centre or from home.