FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2021: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO –Women from both the Venezuelan migrant and the local Trinidadian community will benefit from a recent partnership between the Digicel Foundation, Living Water Community and Together WI. EPIC funding of TT$35,000 was donated to Together WI earlier this year, to implement ‘Spool’, a social enterprise programme that teaches skill development in the garment industry and generates an income for participants.
The “Spool” project aims to train this group of women in the art of garment construction. This program will also be supported by psychosocial services from the Living Water Community. The Digicel Foundation grant facilitated the purchase of garment construction equipment. The funds covered the cost of two pods which includes commercial sewing equipment and essential materials in the garment industry such as; industrial overlock machine, industrial straight stitch machine, mini electrical cutter, industrial steamer, and industrial iron. Additionally, sewing accessories such as threads, tailors chalk, scissors, pin cushions, storage containers etc. were also included.
Together WI is a non-profit managed by fashion designer Anya Ayoung- Chee and Hasani Wattley. The non-profit is part of a wider programme to provide support to marginalised women by developing skills in this income generating sector.