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A&R builds a sewing school in Tanzania

Social responsibility Our current sewing school project

In Saitabau, a Massai village near Arusha/Tanzania, the approximately 5,000 inhabitants live from agriculture and livestock farming – and from hand to mouth. They try to somehow master the balancing act between their traditional, original and modern life.

Since August 2023, a breath of fresh air has been blowing into the village: the association Najali – ein Herz für Tansania e.V. is building a sewing school with donations from A&R Textil. The foundation walls of the future sewing school have been standing for a while – a building that was started and never finished due to lack of funds. From these masonry walls, a building is now being constructed in which two sewing teachers will teach ten students as soon as it is completed.

Already the construction of the sewing school is an enrichment for Saitabau and creates work and income for people in the village. The men work on the construction, the women fetch water for the construction from the river and earn some extra money.

The sewing students will be young, single mothers who often do not know today if and how they will be able to fill the plates for themselves and their children tomorrow. A training course lasts 18 months and ends with a final examination. After passing the exam, each graduate receives a sewing machine as a gift, which – together with the sewing knowledge she has learned – forms the basis for a secure livelihood for the small families. A huge opportunity for the single women!

Click here through the progress of the construction of the sewing school:

1 | 19Spring 2023: Village children from Saitabau in front of the future sewing school

2 | 19The walls have been standing for a while - thanks to A&R the building will now be finished and turned into a sewing school

3 | 19August 2023: The starting signal for further construction has been given! The roof beams are erected

4 | 19The foundation for the large sewing room is being built

5 | 19Kids from the village have fun at the construction site

6 | 19Building material is delivered

7 | 19...and unloaded

8 | 19Wall building

9 | 19More walls are built, later here will be the large sewing room where classes are held

10 | 19Visiting the construction site :-)

11 | 19September 2023: The progress of construction is clearly visible - part of the roof is already finished, more walls have been raised

12 | 19Village children as "onlookers" at the sewing school construction site

13 | 19Building material for filling the floor is unloaded

14 | 19Lively activity in the garden of the future sewing school

15 | 19The next roof is erected

16 | 19The countdown to the opening of the sewing school is on!

17 | 19Progress is being made: the roof is being covered!

18 | 19As of March 2024: this is what the building looks like now

19 | 19A&R Textil - Supporting Partner

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