The FEDES tailoring and sewing courses are geared to train socially-and-economically-disadvantaged women, allowing them to learn a trade. Basic business concepts are also taught, aiding the women in creating a business plan to start their own micro-enterprise.
Since the women are from extremely poor social strata, they receive subsidies for transport, and seed capital at the end of the course to help them buy a sewing machine and get their businesses started.
The teachers chosen to teach this program are all small business owners themselves, in addition to being professionals in their fields, so they are in the best position to pass on the knowledge they’ve acquired through experience.
FEDES also does follow up on each student after graduation, assisting them with setting up their business through the offer of a further 25 hours of coaching time per student over the 2 months after the completion of their course.