On 4 February 2016, the fourth group of students of the Sewing Empowerment School graduated during a very special ceremony held at the Union of Jewish Women House in Houghton. The students modelled their outfits that they made during the course and received a certificate for their completion. It was difficult to believe that 6 months prior to the course, these students did not even know how to use a sewing machine.
The aim of the sewing school is to empower unemployed people and equip them with the required skills to ultimately be in a position to support themselves. The students who have graduated now produce bags, aprons, tablecloths and other items which can be ordered through the Johannesburg branch of the Union of Jewish Women.