Made by Women Fund
The Made by Women Fund supports women artisans and makers around the world through skill development, proper equipment, and education so their businesses can flourish.
Cost : $100 each
We are looking forward to investing in women in Malawi with sewing machines through the work of Tiyamike Sewing, a free sewing school for widows. Our goal is to sponsor 10 machines. Be sure to check out our plastic free, beeswax food wraps made by Nancy, a 2017 graduate of the program.
The Knitting Machine
Cost : $384.60
This knitting machine pictured above is a tool of Maura's, the leader of the women's co-op in Huanta. During my visit, this machine was out of commission and missing some essential parts. Local technicians were unable to fix it, and a used machine has already been sponsored to replace her current one. The Made by Women fund is currently supporting the shipment of this machine to Maura, and her old machine will make a great "parts" machine for future issues.
The automation this knitting machine provides will be a crucial piece of Maura scaling her business.
Sewing Machines and Sergers
Cost : 2 industrial sewing machines @ $140/machine
1 industrial serger $540
These machines are for a sewing center in the Philippines that is an extension of a safe house for women and children, providing dignified work for some of the residents. It began as a screen printing business, but they have learned to sew which is both exciting and empowering!
Every time you purchase from Fair + Simple, a portion of the profits goes to the Made by Women Fund. Additionally, we created a Made by Women print for those who believe that when you invest in a woman it also reaches her family and her entire community. All of the profits from this print go to the MbW Fund.