Helping to stitch a sustainable future
Stitch Sainte Luce is a women’s Cooperative in Madagascar, supported by the charity SEED Madagascar, which has taught embroidery, as well as business skills in maths, sales, and English language, to over 100 women, so that they can produce and sell the products to help bring an income to families in the poorest country in the world, where almost 80% of the population lives on less the $1.90 per day
All the items are handmade one-of-a-kind pieces and include some fantastic ideas for Father’s Day gifts, including ties, bow ties, bookmarks, and glasses cases, all made using recycled cottons. Each item is 100% unique and makes for a thoughtful gift that will bring a smile to Dad’s face and valuable income to the Cooperative, which needs our support now more than ever.
For more information on Stitch Sainte Luce or to browse their range simply visit www.stitchsainteluce.com.
Stitch Sainte Luce has brought much more than an income stream to the women involved in the project and the craft skills they have learnt have also helped to empower them and given them hope for the future. The women have always been encouraged to develop their own style, rather than being pushed towards Western designs, helping to build their self-confidence and allowing them to progress as artists. Many of the women are exceptionally creative and through collaborative pieces, where several women work on the same article, the Cooperative produces highly detailed and delicate pieces of artwork that are desired by a whole range of customers – from interior designers, schools, and African collectors, fellow embroiderers, and artists. The result is that these women not only now create one-of-a-kind pieces of art, but have built a closer women’s community, have closed the gender income gap within their households, and have established lifelong skills that ensure financial stability.
Each of the products that is produced by Stitch Sainte Luce is one of a kind and every item is unique. Below are some examples of products that can be bought from the Cooperative’s website – https://www.stitchsainteluce.com/, where you can also learn more about the project and the women involved.
Written by: Daniel Reeds