Liberia has a large market for made-to-order clothing and much of this clothing is handmade. Custom made clothing is worn at special events and all schools, choirs and associations have their own uniforms. In addition, Mineke Foundation will be able to serve as its own launching customer by commissioning uniforms for our vocational training courses and the Damiefa School (our other project).
In 2009, Mineke Foundation started providing vocational skills training for unskilled and low-skilled residents. We are currently transitioning this into a social enterprise. Our Tailoring social enterprise teaches our trainees how to make and repair clothing, gives them work experience and teaches them how to be entrepreneurs. Mineke Foundation’s goal is for our graduates to become economically independent.
Our work focuses on developing personal initiative, responsibility and self-reliance. That is why we always ask our trainees to make a small financial contribution. Our ambition is to have the Tailoring social enterprise generate sufficient income to break even within 5 to 7 years.
At the moment, our additional training costs are EUR 250 per trainee per year. This amount lets you support a woman or teenage girl’s personal development and path to economic independence.
You’ll be making a real difference in someone’s life!