Tailor academy in Kinshasa

Last month, Vlisco Group and ISETAM launched the Vlisco Tailor Academy in Kinshasa: An integrated tailoring education program for talented, underprivileged and motivated girls to reach their financial autonomy.

The four months program trains 15 talented and motivated Congolese young women into becoming potential Vlisco tailors by empowering them with high level tailoring skills and teaching them Vlisco’s tailoring techniques. The vision for this programme is to empower women through learning, labor and leadership.

Among speakers during the ceremony were Marie-Colette Ikondojoko Bonsei (General Director of ISETAM), Monique Gieskes (CSI Group Director), Dona Moleka (CSI Project Coordinator DRC) and our special guest Patience Ndenge Barandenge (DRC Vlisco Ambassador 2014) who congratulated the girls and shared a short message on the importance of women education, emphasizing on Vlisco’s tailor academy initiative with regard to the International Woman’s day theme “Empowering women – Empowering humanity”.

The ceremony then ended with a quick visit of the school and its facilities among which we visited some of their class rooms, their expo and workshop room.

We wish all the girls the best of luck!


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