Empowering Zambian tailors

Train teachers from 10 vocational training centres across Zambia in sewing machine maintenance, to maximise the impact of the refurbished items we supply. We will run two one-month training courses in Lusaka, giving a recognised skill that they can teach to our beneficiaries.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1041574)

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  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)




Workaid sends strong manual Singer machines to vocational training centres in Zambia, but it is a tough environment for even the most durable sewing machines - they are heavily used and susceptible to dust as well as well-meaning maintenance efforts which often include over-oiling. On our monitoring visits we sometimes find broken machines that could be easily repaired. This would help the training centres, and the beneficiaries who graduate and go on to set up tailoring businesses.


Our partner Vwila is establishing an accredited course in sewing machine maintenance with TEVETA (govt training body). After a successful pilot course, Workaid will arrange two one-month programmes for tailoring tutors from 10 vocational training centres that we supply with sewing machines. The tutors will then pass on these skills to the disadvantaged young people at their training centres (around 100 each year), so enabling them to establish more sustainable businesses when they graduate.

  • I am so delighted that I have been privileged to acquire a new skill in repairing and servicing sewing machines ... I know that my personal life will now change because I will earn an extra income through fixing other peoples' machines.

    — Ziangani Phiri - teacher at Lusaka Youth Resource Centre

  • I was in the class at LYRC which did a short course in sewing machine servicing. I am now able to repair a machine even when teaching so feel empowered and thank the people who brought this programme to our centre.

    — Pretty Chiluba - teacher at LYRC