TEN women from the B40 underprivileged group in Tampin received free sewing machines from Negri Sembilan government after completing a tailoring course.
They received their machines from state women, family and welfare committee chairman Nicole Tan Lee Koon, who expressed hope that they would make full use of them.
Tan said the recipients were identified after they completed five training sessions held since February last year.
“This initiative is part of the state government’s Power House Wanita Gemilang or PH GEM programme where we hold courses to empower women from the low-income group.
“Those who received the machines were found to have acquired the necessary tailoring skills. We hope they will be able to use them to the best of their ability, ” she said, adding that the 10 machines cost RM8,000.
The recipients had successfully attended workshops to stitch curtains, face masks, pillow covers and gowns for children and adults.
In total, 100 participants had attended the programmes. Tan said the 10 women had also created history when they managed to sell some of their works via the PH GEM Shoppee account.
She said the PH GEM committee would continue to monitor and guide them. This includes helping them to better their tailoring skills.
She said the committee would continue to help the women become entrepreneurs and register them with the Companies Commission of Malaysia so that they would be able to run their own business in future.
“We plan to hold more basic tailoring programmes virtually so that more women can acquire this skill.
“And we will get these 10 women to help us teach those who are keen to learn, ” she added.
The state government has allocated RM1.6mil for the PH GEM initiative this year compared to RM1.5mil in 2020.
Last year, a total of 180 programmes were conducted, benefitting 27,416 participants.