two sewing apprenctices working in a workshop

A young man started VARAS (Volunteers for Amelioration of Rural Areas) to empower rural women through education in the Volta region of Ghana. In 2021 he started a sewing workshop to give young women the vocational skills to provide for themselves and their families when few other opportunities exist. He started with eight apprentices. They went through a nine-month training program to not only learn sewing, but computer, English language and business to be successful in their new enterprise. He built a production center close to the main market where they can make and sell their clothes. A new group of apprentices will begin the training soon.


An industrial sewing machine costs $500.00 and a knitting and embroidery machine costs $350.00.
Fabrics are $400.00 for 100 yards.