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The Union of Jewish Women (UJW) Sewing Empowerment Project held its graduation at the UJW’s offices in Johannesburg on 13 June, celebrating empowerment and the creation of new skills.
by OWN CORRESPONDENT | Jun 20, 2019

The project’s students, many of whom are unemployed, are now able to use a sewing machine and do beadwork. At the graduation ceremony, they related their experiences on the course, and many were overcome with emotion at the positive change the project had made to their life.

The students modelled outfits they had made during the course, as well as displaying their beaded items. It is difficult to believe that four months ago, they didn’t even know how to use a sewing machine. They received a certificate of completion, and each student received a non-perishable food parcel, courtesy of the Lions Club.

The school ultimately aims to equip the unemployed with the skills to be able to support themselves. Its graduates now produce yarmulkas, bags, aprons, tablecloths, and other items which can be ordered through the UJW.

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