Did you know that in Nepal, tailors make significantly more money than regular sewers? And that predominantly, men are trained as tailors and women are trained to be regular sewers?
This means that it’s easier for men to be employed. And, they earn far more money than women do. This keeps women in a perpetual cycle of poverty, which in turn affects their families, especially their daughters.
This situation has never sat well with Ed, the owner of Earth Divas. So, he decided to do something about it. He has started a tailoring school in Nepal to train women as tailors. He has rented the building, bought the equipment, and he already has many women enrolled to learn how to use a sewing machine and do detailed tailoring work.
What’s even more amazing is that Ed is paying these women to attend school; this means they won’t have to sacrifice putting food on the table in order to learn these essential skills.
This school will change the lives of the women who go there. They’ll increase their earning potential by 300%-400%, and they’ll have many more options available for employment.
It’s important to realize that every time you buy a fair trade bag from Earth Divas, you’re now helping to support the tailoring school. This is doing so much good, and changing the lives of dozens of women now, and many more in the years to come.
Ed, we are so, so proud of you! You’re truly an inspiration.
Filed under: Fair Trade News on October 12th, 2012