Young women are recommended by their pastors, their families, former teachers, or people in their community to interview for a position in Sifa Threads. There is a small application fee but there is no cost for the program.  In fact, our students are given a weekly allowance to provide for their basic living and transportation needs. Our staff and leadership conduct interviews and the students are chosen based on a number of credentials and the severity of their situation.  We keep the classes small so that we can be devoted to each of our students and their specific needs.  Our aim is to help them succeed in every way during their time in Sifa Threads. 

[ MONTHS 1-6 ]

  • Learn basic skills which are missed in government schools such as using scissors, tracing, reading (for some, simple math skills)
  • Basic hand-sewing 
  • Daily Bible study and discipleship 
  • Batik dyeing
  • Screen printing
  • Beadwork
  • Participate in the rotating cleaning and cooking schedule

[ MONTHS 7-12 ]

  • Enroll in professional sewing college (paid for by their own sales & donations)
  • Discipleship
  • Artisanal skills development
  • Take leadership in house responsibilities such as buying groceries, dividing the cleaning schedule
  • Assist in the shopping of kitenge and other textiles

[ MONTHS 13-24 ]

  • Leadership development
  • English course
  • Small business training program
  • Development of personal business plan & application for business loan
  • Advanced batik training
  • Professional clothing design course
  • Self defense course
  • Training in starting Discovery Bible Studies in their community 

[ GRADUATION ]

Our sifa girls graduate (a tearful and exciting day for all) with:

their own sewing machine & start-up package, savings in bank, their business plan - and hope.