My first sewing stall

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I glad I can get additional income for my family and could use my time for activities that make money. I am grateful to be starting up a small business. I acquired these skills during the two days of MicroAid Projects training which I attended with my friends Maliana, Paulina, Agustina and Mely.

My name is Marselina, I live with my two children who are still in school in the Public Elementary Schools in Magepanda village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Since August 2011 I have started receiving orders to sew women clothes and tablecloths.

I was sewing a tablecloth. Meliana (my friend who lent her sewing tools) is being guided me

I am grateful to be starting up a small business. I acquired these skills during the two days of MicroAid Projects training which I attended with my friends Meliana, Paulina, Agustina and Mely. The training that we followed on June 2011 was Sewing Practical. In the training we learned how to sew and use embroidery machine.

One week after training, we held a bazaar in front of the Church where we worship together every Sunday. In the bazaar we sold out all of our results of our training, such as tablecloths, flags and pastries made by other groups. For my group, we made US $34 from the sale of 6 tablecloths. Then we put the money into a savings group to help buy more materials using micro-credit loans to our members.

I initiated borrowing money $11 from the group as my sewing business capital. I bought yarns and sewing equipment such as needles, scissors, measuring instruments and others. I will return the loan to be repaid over 4 months plus interest of 1%. While sewing tools (not machine) I borrowed from my friend Marselina, whose kind mother lends me her tools every Saturday and Sunday.

I (red t-shirt) and my friends are following the sewing training

On average every month I received 10 orders from neighbors in the village to sew tablecloths. One tablecloth I sell at a price of $6 with net profit of about $3. So in one month I can earn approximately $30. This money is pretty huge for me because previously I did not make any money myself. My husband is a motorcycle taxi driver in the village.

I glad I can get additional income for my family and could use my time for activities that make money. Thanks to MicroAid Projects donors who gave the chance for me and my friends to do the training and become business women with the first sewing stall in our village.

Loving greetings, Marselina

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Selling embroidery crafts at the Pillayarpatti Temple

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I felt a great benefit and satisfied from the MicroAid course. I learned how to make embroidered fabric with attractive designs but using simple techniques. Now 4 months after the training, I have developed my own craft products and have started selling them at my local market. This is a much better opportunity for me to increase my income.

My name is Jamuna from Pillayarpatti village, Tamil Nadu, India. Initially I was a housewife. At that time, the economic situation of my family was in big trouble. To increase my family income, I was working in some embroidery shops in my village and got a little income.

Jamuna sells her embroidery crafts at the Pillayarpatti temple

I attended a short training course to make embroidery offered by Ford Trust in Pillayarpatti. Then I followed the MicroAid Projects training to expand my embroidery techniques in making embroidery. I had training in making embroidered fabric for toys and dolls. (See MicroAid-project report FTIN9082). I felt a great benefit and satisfied from the MicroAid course. I learned how to make embroidered fabric with attractive designs but using simple techniques.

Now 4 months after the training, I have developed my own craft products and have started selling them at my local market. This is a much better opportunity for me to increase my income. Now I earn more per day than I used to earn working as a labourer at the embroidery factory. Per day on average I can get US $1.63 – $2.04 from the sale of my crafts. Sometimes just getting $1.02 when not much visitor and could reach $5 if in holiday and many visitors who come to the temple. Now I sell my embroidery crafts at the famous temple in Pillayarpatti village where many people come to pray. I would like to say a big thank you to Ford Trust and MicroAid for my skills training.

Now I have a good future.

Warm regards,
Jamuna

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Skilled mother, happy family

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Since early June 2011, they’ve harvested cabbages 3 times with an average of about 2,000 cabbages sold every harvest. Even today Fransiska no longer needs to carry vegetables to market in the district, but it is now the buyers that come to the village and immediately buy up all the vegetables as soon as they are harvested.

Fransiska (right rear) and her husband Thomas (right front) and their children. Fransiska can now educate her
children by selling vegetables from the cabbage garden behind her house

It is the obligation of every parent to provide education for their children. But what if the family is poor and whose life and livelihood have been hit by illness and deprived of the resources, many of us take for granted? Empowering the family is one of the key strategies MicroAid projects uses to eradicate poverty. Empowered families can pay for food and education for their children on their own.

The photo above is Thomas and family with four children live in Waility village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

Since 1986 Thomas was paralyzed, his legs cannot be used for walking. Thomas’s day-to-day job before he became disabled was as a fisherman. Many men in Waility village are fishermen. They look for fish in the sea and sell their catch in local markets. As a result of the illness that disabled him, Thomas can no longer work as fisherman.

There is no a worker insurance or social services in Waility village. So the livelihood to meet the needs of his family life stopped abruptly and there was no help around for a family of six. There was not enough food on the table and the children could not go to school.

Until now, Thomas does not know what causes his paralysis. Medical services are also scarce in this part of the world. One day when he woke up in the morning, he could not move his legs. His family and friends brought Thomas to the doctors and local hospital but until now the disease is not curable. In 1994, Thomas was married to Fransiska. From their marriage, Thomas has been blessed with 5 children. But one of his children died as an infant, so now there are 4 children who they are responsible for.

To support his family, Thomas worked as farm labourer in his neighbour’s vegetable garden. He carried out all his work activities crawling, because his legs could not be used. Fransiska, his wife, helped to meet the needs of their family by working as a housemaid cleaning, washing public facilities and any chore to earn money to feed the family.

Through the training for village nurseries that was funded by donors of MicroAid Projects in 2010, Fransiska has become the inspiration for mothers in Waility village to manage a cabbage vegetable garden. In early 2011, Fransiska, Thomas’s wife took over her husband’s role as the family breadwinner. Fransiska along with 6 other women, neighbours, manage together a vegetable garden that is just at the back of their house. Initially Fransiska was a housewife who filled her time caring for her family, just like most other mothers in the village.

Photo caption: Now the buyers that come to the village and immediately buy up all the vegetables as soon as they
are harvested

Since early June 2011, they’ve harvested cabbages 3 times with an average of about 2,000 cabbages sold every harvest. Even today Fransiska no longer needs to carry vegetables to market in the district, but it is now the buyers that come to the village and immediately buy up all the vegetables as soon as they are harvested.

Each harvest, Fransiska earns about £43. With this income every month, Fransiska can send their four children to the public schools in her village and buy textbooks. But the necessities of life are not only that. There are still many other things needed to further enhance the welfare of families like Fransiska.

MicroAid Projects with a method of learning business skills as an approach to empower the poor family, invites you all to give a big opportunity for groups of poor families in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda to learn new skills that can be used to improve the welfare families so that they can educate their children independently and sustainably.

Today, Thomas and four of his children help Fransiska after school in the watering and clearing the family’s garden with pride. They are very grateful to MicroAid donors who have given them the opportunity to learn new skills and how to make money from a vegetable garden so that they can find a way to eradicate their poverty themselves.

A little help for a better future for one poor family – MicroAid.

Thank you MicroAid donors
from
Thomas and Fransiska

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Your Zakat is more than just for eating

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A mother was sewing at home to fulfill customer orders
Assalammualikum Wr. Wb.
Happy Ramadan. May your fasting be accepted by Allah SWT and provide good benefits for all.
Start from this year 2011 (1432 Hijriyah), MicroAid Projects Charity and I would like to help distribute alms from anyone who wants to give Zakat to groups of poor families in Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Uganda.
Zakat that you provide will be directly channeled to groups of families who want to learn new home enterprise skills. New skills such as: making banana crisps, sewing for profit, vegetable gardening and others.
Why do we need to help?
The home enterprise skills will enable beneficiaries to open new business opportunities in small groups / families. Having the ability to start a home enterprise, they can live independently and not depend on help from others for the rest of their lives. The Zakat you provide is not simply just to feed them one day, but for the increase in welfare of the whole family.  This the real meaning of “growth” in Zakat.
Help another family to become self-reliant.  This is the main purpose of Zakat that you provide via Microaid Projects Charity. You can read the stories of families who have managed to live independently here.
Thank you very much.
Walaikumsalam Wr. Wb.
Jalu Wardhana, Team Leader
About Zakat:
Zakat is one of the five Pillars of Islam.  Each year, Muslims give away a fixed percentage (generally 2.5%) of their wealth to benefit the poor and deprived.  It is considered an act of worship and purifying, for both the giver and the recipient.
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Seven families find success with a community vegetable garden

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A family story from Wailiti Village, Indonesia.

Photo caption: Fransiska (with thumbs up), Katharina, Bibiana, Kartini and Ester Ngole, five of the seven families from Wailiti village, Indonesia in their cabbage vegetable garden. Delighted with their new home enterprise.

The vegetable garden in Wailiti Village, Indonesia is a family-run farm by seven families who received training to create a community vegetable garden funded by MicroAid Projects’ donors. The vegetable garden is currently only about 400 square meters.  It will be expanded later, as proceeds from the sale of vegetables from the first harvest start coming in.

A month ago, the families harvested cabbages for the first time and managed to sell 340 cabbages. The selling price per cabbage was 40p so the money earnt came to £136. The money was then divided between seven families, so that every family received £19. Harvesting the cabbages is carried out every 4 weeks.

To increase family incomes further, the group of mothers will now expand the area of the vegetable garden and plant mustard. Money from harvest of cabbage will be used to purchase mustard seeds and will be planted near their existing garden.

This good idea to expand their garden came from the group themselves. They wanted to plant quick yielding vegetable crops and get better prices.  Growing mustard was their choice. If they succeed with harvesting mustard, then each family will get an extra £22 per month.  When aggregated with the income from cabbage sales, the total amount will be £41 per month for each family.

Now the families in Wailiti need help to dig better wells so they can water their expanded garden more easily. Up until now, they use a small bucket that is shared between the seven families.

For more information see MicroAid Projects Report
See Wailiti village at Livelihood Members Database

Make a donation for similar family garden training

Warm regards,
MicroAid Projects Team

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