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Mothers hand sew clothes, plead for sewing machine

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, January 11, 2014

HAND sewing is a labour of love for some mothers of Naboutolu in Ba.

"We have no choice because we don't have a sewing machine," said Salanieta Sabina, who, along with a few other mothers, was busy stitching uniforms when this newspaper visited the settlement this week.

With the new school year approaching, the women told of how they started sewing a few weeks ago.

"We repair the old torn uniforms for reuse while others sew new outfits and this takes weeks by hand," Ms Sabina said.

"We would like a sewing machine but it is expensive and we can't afford it.

"A sewing machine would do wonders for us, save time and also help our families."

Ms Sabina said when it came to the new school year, the children mostly wore the old uniforms if they still could fit in them.

"But some of them need new ones so we sew them.

"We are also a cane farming community, half the year we rely on what is harvested from our cane farms.

"The other half, we look for other options to earn money, so a machine could be one way for us."

Community head Shiu Ram Sharma supports the idea of the women's group earning an income for their families.

"I think it's something that will help us," he said.








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