By Victoria “NIKE” De Dios
The German Embassy Manila, Quezon City Government and SPARK! Philippines established a community sewing center for Quezon City women.
Located at the Barangay Toro, the Quezon City Women’s Sewing Center which kicked off earlier in December is one of the advocacies of SPARK! Philippines to empower the women.
Through the auspices of the German Embassy Manila and the Quezon City Government under the tutelage of Mayor Joy Belmonte, the Women’s Sewing Center will be open for the use of the women of Barangay Bahay Toro and Quezon City as a resource center for the use of high-speed sewing machines as well as sewing skills training, and is the third sewing center of this kind established in Quezon City by the local government and SPARK! Philippines.
In the statement sent by SPARK! Philippines Executive Director Maica Teves, she expressed her gratitude to the supporters of their advocacy projects.
“We are grateful for the partnership of the Embassy of Germany and the Quezon City Government through Mayor Joy Belmonte in this project for women’s economic empowerment, and look forward to equipping more women with skills to help them towards financial independence,” Teves said.
For their part, the Quezon City Government plans to utilize the sewing centers to create a circular economy for school uniforms, to both create employment and economic opportunities for the city’s women and provide for the city’s needs for sewed materials.
This facility was made possible through the German Embassy’s small-scale development activities, which aims to support projects that would directly improve the quality of life of indigent and marginalized people. The formal launching of this facility is projected for January 2020, and SPARK! Philippines will continue collaboration with the local government to support its operation.
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