Tailors' cooperative

Creating enterprise

Women who live in rural areas have few opportunities to earn a secure income.
Through our tailors’ cooperative, we teach local women tailoring skills. This enables them to both take on work as self-employed tailors, and to work together to harness bigger opportunities.

We offer free tailoring courses at our Village Training Centre and Field Office. Easily accessible to local rural communities and taught by experienced local business women, classes take place daily for six months. By the end, students gain a source of secure income.

Those that want to can then join our women-led tailors’ cooperatives. This enables them to work together to win more lucrative contracts and better access to local markets.

We need more sewing machines to satisfy demand for our course. You can help us to create more independent women tailors by donating now.

Rajeshwari’s story

Rajeshwari’s husband used to be the sole breadwinner. As an agricultural worker, his income is insecure, placing the wellbeing of her family at risk. But now Rajeshwari is working too – as a self-employed tailor.

Rajeshwari is one the first graduates from our tailoring programme. She lives in the village of Utchimedu in Tamil Nadu. Although she completed school, 24-year-old Rajeshwari has never worked before. “Before the training, I didn’t know what I could do to become self-employed’, she says. “But now, I feel confident that I can make all kinds of garments”.

She doesn’t have a sewing machine at home, so she makes her blouses and churidars at ADECOM Network’s Village Training Centre. This also gives her the opportunity to share her knowledge with the new students. There have been other benefits for Rajeshawari. “Now I have perfect knowledge of tailoring”, she says. “I’m happy!”