Reap What You Sew empowers under-privileged women with the tools necessary to become successful businesswomen in their own right.
Reap What You Sew Program:
The Reap What You Sew Project is a tailoring school, and the first one will open its doors in Blantyre, Malawi, in April, 2017. The school has nine students to begin, with a board of directors on the ground in Malawi and one here in the States. It is a 6-month program where the women who qualify will be given training on tailoring by a qualified seamstress, as well as 4 weeks of business training. At the end of the 6 months, each graduate will receive the machine she has been sewing on, as well as enough fabric and thread to begin her own tailoring business. Chapel services are a weekly part of the curriculum, as well as a nominal monthly fee from each student (1000 Kwacha, or about $1.30/month) and a required 85% attendance record. They must maintain an 85% attendance records to stay in program and sign a statement of faith agreement.
Classes are held five days a week from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Agape Life International Church in Blantyre, Malawi..
• a sewing machine and supplies,
• accounting and bookkeeping training
• one-on-one time with a seamstress
• practice time in the afternoons.
Love Everlasting Ministries (LEM) will also stay committed to each graduate for 6 months following her course completion so that the ministry can help her get her feet on the ground with her new business. That connection extends to those who sponsor the school through a monthly donation..
Unlike many organizations that offer to teach trade skills to struggling communities and have their materials and sales bought and sold in other countries, the Reap What You Sew Project purchases all sewing machines, fabrics and materials within the community where our training is being offered. In addition, each student will be selling her goods within her community to ensure that revenues and sales will feed into the struggling economy in her own country. LEM has plans to eventually open schools all over Africa, helping widows and destitute women in Africa know the joy of providing for their children and becoming businesswomen in their own rights.
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Christina Lapozo is a 28-year-old woman who has been struggling to support her children. She is a single parent with no job, and she generally forages and scavenges for whatever she can find to feed herself and her children. Christina says that knowing how to be a tailor and run her own tailoring business will finally be the thing that enables her to break free from the bondages of poverty that have plagued her family for so long. Christina’s dream is to learn this trade and then teach it to her children so that she can leave them a legacy of business rather than poverty.
Mrs. Elizabeth Kamoto
Elizabeth Kamoto is a 45-year-old woman who is the caregiver of her crippled husband. Elizabeth also cares for many of the orphans in her village, located near Blantyre, Malawi, whose parents were killed by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the past twenty years. Mrs. Kamoto has been scraping by as well as she could in past years, often going without food herself so that her crippled husband and the children in her village might eat. The education she will receive through the Reap What You Sew Tailoring School will change not only hers and her husband’s life, but it will offer hope and a fully belly to the children in her village who depend on her to live.
Mrs. Frida Ntenda
Mrs. Frida Ntenda is a 64-yearold mother and grandmother who solely supports herself and five dependents. Mrs. Ntenda attends a branch of Agape Life International Church in her small village about ten miles outside of Blantyre, Malawi, and she actively works in the church with women’s ministry as well as tending to the many orphans there. Mrs. Ntenda is excited about being trained as a tailor in the Reap What You Sew Tailoring School. She believes this blessed education will enable her to improve her living standards, helping her support her family while being a role model to the other young and impoverished women in her village.
Ireen Msusa Katsanga
Ireen Msusa Katsanga is a 30-year-old young woman who has had a very difficult background. The wife of an abusive husband, Ireen is currently the mother of three very young children. As with most under-privileged women living in Africa, Ireen is often left to scavenging for food and clothing for her children, having little hope of making a difference in either her life or in the lives of her children. Ireen expects that once she completes the six months of training in the Reap What You Sew Tailoring School she will be able to earn a good income to pay for her children’s school fees and also to support her aging and ill mother. Ireen also dreams of helping her community, as well as her church.
Lucia Matiyasi is 57-years-old. Lucia lives in a run-down house in a village about 25 miles out of Blantyre, Malawi. She currently lives there with six dependent children. Lucia is their sole provider since being widowed many years ago, but she has prayed non-stop that the Lord would help her provide for her children. She attends one of the branch churches of Agape Life International and is very involved in the greeting ministry and the ministry of helps in her church. The education she will receive from the Reap What You Sew Tailoring School will not only help her provide for herself and her dependents, but it will be a skill she can pass along to them for future generations.
Mania Ntwere is a 45-year-old woman who has struggled her entire life with both poverty and hunger. Mania lives in a poor village outside of Blantyre, Malawi, and attends a local branch of Agape Life International Church. She has always depended on hand-outs and scavenging for whatever food she might find to feed her family, but the education she will receive from the Reap What You Sew Tailoring School will change all of that. Mania looks forward to being economically self-reliant, and thereby taking care of both her children as well as many of the other underprivileged women and children in her village.
Mrs. Mary Matapula
Mrs. Mary Matapula is a 62-year-old widow whose husband passed away from the HIV/AIDS epidemic that swept through the nation of Malawi some 18 years ago. Mary grew up Muslim, as many people from this region of Africa did. However, she came to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior twenty-five years ago, and since then she has been active in her local church community, as well as caring for others in her village along with her ten grandchildren. In Mary’s own words, “The Reap What You Sew School will bring breakthrough to me and my whole village and help us with all of the hardships we have been facing.”
Nellie Nsonthe is a 56-year-old widow. Her husband passed away fourteen years ago due to the widespread AIDS epidemic that swept the nation of Malawi. Nellie currently lives in a village outside of Blantyre, Malawi, with her four grandchildren. She is their sole provider since the children were also orphaned from AIDS and other disasters. Nellie attends a branch church of Agape Life International in her village and helps at church service with the children. She has been praying for many years for God to give her the blessing of providing for her grandchildren, as well as the other women and children left abandoned in her village. The Reap What You Sew Tailoring school has been an answer to that prayer.
Unice Chiwalo is a 35-year-old divorced woman with three children. Unice’s husband left her many years ago with no job and no way of providing for herself and her children. Life has been extremely difficult for her in her small village, but she is looking forward to getting a tailoring education through the Reap What You Sew Tailoring School, something that will finally help her be economically empowered. Unice dreams of supporting her family, paying her children’s school fees, and contributing to the development of her community.