Employment for Seamstresses

One of our goals from the beginning at Make Welcome has been the economic empowerment of our students through employment as seamstresses. Our work in this area is two-fold. We have fostered employment of our students through both Stay-at-Home Manufacturing and Make Welcome Made, our cut and sew business at our Project 658 workshop.

Amahoro Burundi founder, Christin Boone, and refugee seamstress, Z, collaborating on Amahoro's line of African wax print skirts.

Amahoro Burundi founder, Christin Boone, and refugee seamstress, Z, collaborating on Amahoro's line of African wax print skirts.

Stay-at-Home Manufacturing

In 2017-18, we began several partnerships with small businesses desiring to grow but in need of sewing help to do so. We were able to connect some of our students with these businesses and shepherd the initial stages of their working relationships with design, communication, and financial management assistance.

We are excited to see the outcome of these partnerships thus far:

  • Business growth

  • Significant economic gain for seamstress employees

  • Caring bonds between employer and seamstress employee

  • Advocacy for refugee and immigrant concerns by businesses who have become more aware of the issues faced by these women and their families

We encourage you to support the following businesses who currently employee Make Welcome students and former students:

Persona Grata: Embrace the World

Holley & Sage

Twenty Two West

Amahoro Burundi

Pacha Global Designs

Knotties Headbands

If your business is looking to grow and is in need of sewing help, please contact us!

 

Make Welcome Made

Make Welcome Made (MWM) is our in-house cut and sew business providing established small businesses with the workforce needed to produce their designed items. Using the client's patterns and materials, we will cut and sew orders with no minimums. We are in the early stages of this business and are partnering with our Make Welcome sewing classes to develop the production sewing skills of our seamstresses.

Make Welcome Made participated in the Carolina Textile District Crafted Production Workshop in September 2018 are we are excited about the resources available to us through the CTD as we grow this phase of our work.

If you have a product that needs to be sewn and are interested in contracting with Make Welcome Made to sew your product. please contact us.

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