Sewing Straight Lines: Sewing Collective
About the Project
Sewing Straight Lines is a start-up cooperative put together by the Windsor Workers Education Centre in partnership with the Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women. This cooperative gives immigrant and refugee women the opportunity to utilize their skills and knowledge in sewing to start a business under a cooperative model where the workers are the owners. This allows the women to take initiative and become further self-sustaining. Newcomers arrive in Canada with a cadre of experience, education and creativity. Sewing is no exception and many of our clients have years of proficiency in textile work. The settlement process can often place demands that require newcomer women to place their focus elsewhere. This cooperative will allow women the opportunity to gain valuable skills of running a business such as managing finances and leadership skills. It will also empower these women who have faced multiple barriers with employment such as lack of Canadian experience and nonrecognition of foreign education. Through empowerment immigrant and refugee women will feel a greater sense of integration in Canadian society while producing ethically made goods. Along with production of these goods, women will get the opportunity to socialize across cultures and communities, improving English and social skills.
May 9, 2017 – June 30, 2017
401 Riverside Dr W
Windsor, ON N9A 7J1