Esther Project is a community-based social business that teaches Congolese women how to sew, knit, crochet and do hand crafts in order to generate income. Esther Project also produces and distributes high quality bags and accessories from the heart of Africa.
Members from our community teach the most vulnerable in how to sew, knit, crochet and make handcrafts. The program starts with 6 months of hands on training and 6 months of apprenticeship.
Students also learn personal life-skills like cleanliness and family planning, leadership and basic entrepreneurial skills like accounting, inventory management, customer service, quality control to help them gain a competitive advantage in their market.
After completing one year of trade school. Esther Project chooses the top students to produce handmade products that can be distributed globally. The second crop of students receive their own sewing machine that help the students start a home business. The Esther Project often contracts work from these alumni. All students receive certificates and documentation to help them find job at other workshops in or around the community.