Amount of grant approved (£) : 112

Year of grant : 2015

Blema started as a very successful project in Maswa benefiting 53 women living in very disadvantaged circumstances, including some living with HIV/AIDs. TDT’s grant enabled the purchase of a number of sewing, embroidery and knitting machines and Blema employed a skilled trainer to work with the women in a large and very appropriate building- maybe a former agricultural store- which Blema rents. As a result, the project Chairman reported “The women who attended this training are fully endowed with valuable tailoring, embroidering and dressmaking knowledge and skills.” Blema set up groups of ex-students: Three women had managed to rent a shop in the centre of town where they had 3 sewing machines and an impressive selection of fabric rolls. TDT and our partner donors were pleased and satisfied by what Blema was achieving with a deprived group of women. However, in 2015 there was a major loss of initiative and activity is currently at a low level, but progress is being monitored by TDT’s Local Representative, Ezekiel Kassanga.