A new Women’s Center has just been built outside of Mzuzu, Malawi in SouthEastern Africa. This is a place where women can come to learn how to crochet, knit and sew. This isn’t just a ladies’ gathering place, though. It’s a place where these women can learn how to take these skills and make a business out of them in order to support themselves and their families.
About Mzuzu, Malawi
Mzuzu is the third largest city in Malawi. Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the entire world. The people of Malawi depend heavily on help from outside governments and agencies to meet basic needs for health care, food and safety. A primary goal for such nations is, of course, to help the people become economically independent.
New Women’s Center
A group called the Killearn Malawi Group has been working for two decades to develop supportive projects in this region. The latest project is the creation of a women’s center. The women can come together here to learn how to crochet, knit and sew and then to use those skills to earn a living to support themselves and their children. These women are often the only parent in the family.
Projects like this are designed to help people in need stand on their own two feet rather than having to rely on aid for the rest of their lives. It’s better for everyone. And the women’s center won’t stop where it’s at. The next goal is to set up a hostel for about a dozen women so that they can come from more rural areas to the center in Mzuzu and live there while learning the skills that they need in both crafting and business.
Craft Sales to Support The Center
One way that the women’s center will continue to grow and develop is through sales of the crochet and other craft items that the women create here. The goal is to open up a retail store where they can sell their work, benefitting the individuals as well as the center itself.