Vlisco empowers 13 dressmakers

•   Dr. Helen Hagan (left), past patron of Vlisco Tailors Academy, presenting a certificate to one of the dressmakers.

• Dr. Helen Hagan (left), past patron of Vlisco Tailors Academy, presenting a certificate to one of the dressmakers.

Thirteen women of the Vlisco Group Tailor Academy have undergone a one-year intensive training in dressmaking from Joyce Ababio College of Creative Designs (JACCD), to facilitate women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship.

The Vlisco Group, in line with its policy to empower women through learning, labour and leadership, established the academy to support the Ghanaian fashion industry.

Cost of training and accommodation for the trainees were fully paid by Vlisco.

The trainees, who are the second batch, since the programme was initiated, were issued with certificates at a short but impressive modeling ceremony at Maya Cova Beach at Labadi in Accra.

Speaking to the Times after the event, Kofi Boateng, Managing Director of Vlisco Ghana, said the Group’s vision was to support talented Ghanaian tailors, dressmakers and fashion designers to create a platform that connects African fashion talent and creativity with the knowledge of Vlisco in the African and global fashion world.

He said seven out of the 13 women would be employed to work in Vlisco’s tailoring workshop in Tema.

Mr. Boateng urged the other six to take advantage of the training and set up dressmaking business to put their newly acquired skills into good use.

He explained that part of Vlisco’s purpose was to facilitate women empowerment through training, promoting women entrepreneurship via the Vlisco Tailor Academy and Dream Fund across Africa

Award winning fashion designer and founder of JACCD, Joyce Ababio, said the women were taken through needdle threading, pattern drafting and sowing to make them ready for the job market.

One of the beneficiaries, Aviayari Janet, from Paga in the Upper East, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues, expressed her appreciation to Vlisco Group for supporting them to realise their dream.

She promised that they would use the skills acquired to empower other young women who are interested in dressmaking, to help promote employment in their various communities.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme   

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