APD Mpumalanga Sewing
The APD Mpumalanga initiated a sewing programme to empower 30 young persons with different disabilities with the sewing skills with the aim of enable them to be self-reliant. The learners will be split into three groups of ten learners per group to be trained for the period of ten weeks. The stipend of R1500.00 will be paid to each learner for transport fares. After completing the course each group will register the cooperative, find a workshop and identify the product. Each group will be given five sewing machine and the sewing material as a starter kit to start the business. The group will be monitored by the APD Mpumalanga SSPs for the period of twelve months until they are on their feet.
Surrette Braack the founder of the Lowveld Sewing Academy was appointed to train the learners. The training started on the 10th of October 2022. So far the first group and the second group had finished the training and are both started the process of registering their cooperatives. Both groups had already identified workshops to work on, however the groups are still waiting for the cooperative certificates in order to get the five machines per group, and the start-up material to start their business. Recruitments for the last group are still in process. The last group will start the training on the 3rd of May 2023 and hopefully finish at the end of July 2023.