Our sewing program has opened up a world of opportunities for refugee women in Clarkston and surrounding cities. The possibilities are endless. The women are expressing their creative side while earning an income. Of course, there’s nothing more wonderful than the feeling of pride you get when you sew clothes for yourself or sell them as a means of income.
3-month intensive beginner's fundamentals.
6-month of intermediary training.
12-month of advanced applications.
The Amani Sewing Academy program provides a safe space with sewing machines, industrial machines, a fabric room, instructors, counselors, case workers, and AWC Community Ambassadors. Students get a sewing kit, notions, and all accessories.
The Program Prepares Individuals To:
* Sew for themselves and for their families
*Join the workforce - (Employment in the garment/apparel industry)
* Start home business - sewing for the community.
* Become employed at AWC's small-scale manufacturing.
* Advance contractual team (Mostly Alumnae) sew for AWC's social enterprise (Johari Africa).
* Train to become an assistant teacher and graduate as an instructor teaching at AWC.
Refugee women participating in this program are in need of a safe space where they can continue making the products that they are already making as well as have an opportunity to acquire additional sewing skills. At the successful completion of the program, participants are awarded a certificate of completion and a new sewing machine. Jobs referrals and application assistance is offered to graduates as jobs become available. We are creating marketable skills so the women can earn income for themselves and help support their families and sustain their homes.