We Inspire

Her Purpose

Program

Elimu’s 2-year vocational sewing program provides a safe space for vulnerable girls in rural Kenya to live, learn, grow, and give back to their community.

National Certification
& Sewing Diploma

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Sewing Machine
upon Graduation

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Women-Owned
Small Businesses

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We build Her confidence, self-efficacy, and self-worth through these core program principals. From our instructors to our pedagogy, her ability to realize her potential is our most valued asset.

Core Principles

Education

Preparing Her for national certification and a sewing vocation degree through a rigorous curriculum, digital entrepreneurship, and business English.

Empowerment

Finding Her voice, power, and worthiness through role-modeling and mentorship so she will surpass cultural barriers.

Entrepreneurship

Mastery of budgeting, planning, and investing for Her start-up upon graduation, along with an alumni support and safety network that provides a clear pathway of success.

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Classroom Curriculum

Produce Together

Side by side, our instructors guide mentorship opportunities to build her confidence while teaching her to sew.

Independent Thinkers

Boosting her ability to think critically and trusting herself to be a decision maker, is a vital piece of her success as a sole entrepreneur in her village.

Creating Connections

Storytelling, singing, and sharing are communication tools for her transformation from village life to our learning community.

Mentorship

By design, guiding her with a new positive outlook and ‘can-do’ thought-processes while understanding her tribal background helps ensure individual success.

Fashion Show

Innovation and creativity are showcased in our annual fashion show hosted for a live audience. Each girl will research, create, design, and wear her ‘fashion piece’ to build her individual portfolio.

Digital Design Course

Discovering a world outside of their villages, students learn to e-research and enhance their sewing expertise, small business acumen, and access to fashion design and trends.

Meet Janet

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“If you have a sewing machine, you have an income.”

Her Transformation

Owner of a Sewing Machine

College Diploma

Financially Independent

Nationally Certified

Digital Resource Center

Earning an Income

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Confident

Knows her self worth

Community Leader

Inspiration to other girls

Innovator

Equality

Network of Support

“Happiness is learning to earn your own money.”

Alumni Program

Our alumni program builds a community amongst our graduates for networking and partnerships.

Janet dreams of building a small shop for her new sewing business. She loves to buy beautiful fabrics for her customers and herself.

CONFIDENT. FEISTY. COMMITTED.

Her Struggle:

Janet’s struggle began young as she grew up working the fields and cleaning houses to pay for her keep. As an orphan and a girl, she was often invisible to her community.

Her Transformation:

Without her own sewing business, Janet may have been married off, without any say in the matter. Typically, this child-marriage tradition would have occurred well before her 18th birthday. Her life changed drastically when she gained sewing skills from the Sewing College. Upon graduation, she returned home to her village and set up shop literally the next day.

Her Win:

She has since become an independent income earner and has seen many benefits. When her parents died, her earnings allowed her to keep her youngest siblings in school. She is recently married to the man of her choice. She still sews and contributes to her family’s upkeep. She is a clear role model to young girls in her village community.

“Now life is good - I sew, I sell milk, I harvest my own plot of land, and I have community work from the government.”

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“With the money I make from my sewing business, I want to make sure my kids go to school and have the chances I never had.”

“Use your skills and build your future. Don’t agree to give away what you have been given.”

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“Develop your business first and get settled before you find a husband.”

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