The Sewing Hui is the latest social enterprise venture that Pacific Gateway Center has launched that supports local manufacturing.
The sewing program has been created to help low-income residents interested in sewing to acquire basic and more advanced sewing skills striving towards the goal of becoming their own entrepreneurs as seamstresses.
The program started on May 9, 2016 with 12 Micronesian seamstresses. Supported by the community which has donated training time, fabric, and sewing curriculum supplies to support their teaching and learning. InnoVate Hawaii provided "soft skills" training that included work acculturation into the American labor force.
The seamstresses have already started to manufacture "pinak" (Chuukese traditional skirt), muumuus, baby blankets, tablecloths, and have begun to accept orders from the community.
Through empowerment, the participants will learn skills to eventually become independent entrepreneurs that lead to self-sufficient lives.
Contact Dr. Lanh Nguyen for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 791-3713.