Women's Center for Education and Entrepreneurship
Tiwale’s Microfinance program begins with a week-long business education workshop. During this week participants engage in discussions on entrepreneurship, leadership, and business skills including profit calculation, record-keeping, stock accounting, and sustainability planning. After the training, participants form teams of three and develop a business plan together. The best business plans are awarded interest-free loans worth USD $70. The program has aided 40 women to successfully start small sustainable businesses.
Tiwale hosts after school workshops providing tutors to support with homework or difficult subjects as well as tertiary education or work applications.
We also have a community library of 138 books allowing participants to borrow books come for some reading support.
Moreover, we also provide school grants to promising community members interested in returning to secondary school. Grant recipients are required to submit term reports and teacher updates to the Tiwale team. Our grant covers educational fees, school equipment, transportation costs, and a small living stipend.
We are also currently making reusable pads, that will be distributed in sets to menstruators at schools across Malawi to cover every two years.
We host tie-dyeing training workshops every so often. The program has successfully trained 66 members to learn tie-dying skills. The dyed fabric that is later sold and profits are distributed as stipends to our community members, as well as to Tiwale to support our programs. The sale of our tie-dyed fabrics has enabled us to buy land and build our community center.
We have 5 mechanical sewing machines and host sewing classes for our community members. Members practice making products such as tote bags, dresses, and jumpsuits. The sewn products are sold at pop events to support our operations and program costs.
Currently, graduates of our sewing workshops are making non-medical but effective face masks to be donated to essentials workers and sold to support our programs.
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