Training will include: creating spec packs, adjusting patterns, cutting, construction and finishing techniques. Sewers will also learn about quality control, shipping, communications, marketing and business. Maintaining good client relations to encourage repeat business is key to success and is a focal point of the training. The practical skills learned in this program are easily transferable.
Doda encourages sewers to work together as a team to generate growth and sustainability for their co-operative and will provide continued support for the cooperative throughout the first year following the training period. Doda will sell products to provide an income stream for the program and participants will receive an honorarium for successful completion of the course. Trainees will also learn how to market their business and secure local contracts. The Doda Training Course will provide necessary business skills and a simple but complete method of tracking and reporting all business activities.
After completing this training program, participants will have the knowledge and skills to produce an order of high-quality products efficiently. This will lead to increased revenues and improved financial security.
Doda received a donation from WFWP. The money was used to help with both the project expenses and to help purchase 40 pairs of scissors for New Hope. Doda partnered with WFWP to provide training for the school. This was exceptionally appreciated and the school arranged an assembly to award certificates from Doda to the students. Johanne spent a total of 7 days training both the teachers and students. She trained the 10 graduate students and their instructor on how to make a lined skirt, lined dress and lined women’s jacket. The participants were very happy with the results of the training and learned many advanced techniques that will help to improve their skills as tailors. Doda issued certificates for participating in the workshop.
Doda International Canada has been working to develop a project in cooperation with Shelter Them Rwanda, a Canadian Charity that operates a foster program providing homes and basic necessities for orphaned and impoverished children. Shelter Them is located in Kimironko, Rwanda and they had started a sewing program for 4 women, who are foster moms, to earn a living during the day while their kids are at school. These 4 women were joined by 4 professional tailors, who had previously worked with Johanne St.Louis, for a total of 8 sewers working together as a team. The workshop has now been in operation for over two years and has improved in many ways as a result of training and equipment provided by Doda.