Stitch Sainte Luce supports a Cooperative of 114 women in South-East Madagascar.
Our embroiderers have all been trained since 2012. The first class of 11 students completed their training in November 2012, and a second class finished training in November 2014. In January 2018, 93 more women joined the Cooperative as general members, and are being trained by existing business members.
Having a reliable income like embroidery allows women to provide employment to other members of the community – giving them more time to spend on their designs. Typically this employment is laundry, herding cattle and farming cassava. As such the project has more widespread benefit to the local community than straightforward income.
The embroiderers informally train members of their families and friends to meet the demand for both Stitch goods and livelihoods. Numbers vary from day to day as people take up embroidery to fit around their daily lives.
Our embroiderers help to support an estimated 200 people in the village of Sainte Luce, provide food for 168 family members, and pay the education costs for 54 children!