The MOU sealed the collaboration between Soroptimist International Damansara (SID), Persatuan Kebajikan Kasih (PKK) and Sister Stella Michael of Desa Mentari to set up the Mentari Sewing Studio (MSS).
For SID, the signing was a realisation of their years of planning and desire to embark on a project for women and girls at Desa Mentari.
According to the organisation, MSS has a few objectives.
“One is to set up a Sewing Studio for the B40 women of Desa Mentari, which will serve as a centre for the women to work together as a team on existing and new sewing projects.
“Another objective for the women is to produce new craft items besides offering clothes alteration services, which can be commercially viable and provide them with an opportunity to venture into their own business.
“Third, MSS will act as a training centre for youths and other women in Desa Mentari who want to learn how to sew and get involved in new craft design projects,” said SID. This sewing studio project, it said, would enable the women to earn a second income to support their families and gain a measure of independence.
“While there are many projects aimed at helping the B40 community, MSS is unique in that it has a sustainable element; a small portion of the funds from sales will be set aside to help develop the project into a standalone social enterprise venture in the future,” added SID.
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