Sew Much Hope
Sew Much Hope operates to restore hope and balance to communities devastated by war, genocide and poverty by providing sewing machines, technical skills, micro-loans, and the resources necessary to enable impoverished individuals to create a better life for their families and communities, one sewing machine at a time. Sew Much Hope works with other organizations, governments and communities to develop creative solutions and programs that allow the poorest of the poor to earn extra income, start a micro-business, or simply mend clothing and improve living standards for their families.
Thanks to amazing partner organizations and the combined generosity of donors, large and small, Sew Much Hope is able to distribute sewing machines all over the world. We work to outfit long-lasting machines from the 1940’s – 1960’s with hand cranks or treadles to be used in rural communities without access to electricity. We use electric machines in schools, orphanages or community centers with access to reliable electricity. Some sewing machines have the capacity to work in both electric and manual settings. We love these machines! Switch-hitting sewing machines are equipped for both electric and manual mode and sent to communities with electricity but unstable power grids. For new sewing machines or materials, Sew Much Hope is committed to purchasing from local vendors.
Commitment to Buy Local
The last thing we want to do is displace existing local business. Sew Much Hope is dedicated to helping communities strengthen local businesses, so we are careful not to flood communities with donated goods. When we buy new, we buy local. Sew Much Hope is committed to buying local material, thread, sewing machines and parts. Especially material, beautiful material and thread can be found all over the world. Material in poor rural areas is often hand-woven and very time consuming to produce. We believe women investing their time and resources into producing this material should profit from their efforts.