The Vocational Sewing Program is a one year intensive career skills program offered to women experiencing deep poverty. It is one of two vocational programs for women in Kigali, Rwanda. The program began in 2005 with five women trained by Africa New Life’s co-founder, Pastor Florence Mugisha. Today, the program serves 75 women.

Monday through Thursday, students attend a half-day sewing class for instruction, practical application, entrepreneurial training, and consistent food. Friday mornings are spent in worship and discipleship. At the end of the year, women who successfully demonstrate their skills receive a sewing machine and certificate to help with job-hunting. Sewing machines are provided through generous donor support.

Meet 2014 graduate Hillary in the video below!

Scholarship A Woman’s Education

Classes are offered to women at a nominal charge, and Africa New Life relies on the generosity of scholarship partners to host the program. You can come alongside a woman breaking her family out of the poverty cycle by providing a partial scholarship of $25/month, a half scholarship of $75/month, or a full scholarship of $150/month.

A scholarship helps provide education, spiritual development, equipment, and a meal to a woman in the current class. Partners receive regular photos and updates from the woman they support, even the opportunity to meet her in Rwanda! Interested in learning more about the current class, or gifting a scholarship? Click the button below.

Meet the Class of 2022