Extreme poverty affects people deeply and in many ways.
We seek to provide a holistic solution that goes above and beyond generating income
and heals the entire person.
Lacking enough money to survive
Lacking hope that
life can improve
Lacking any close friendships
Lacking a personal relationship with God
Because the problem of poverty is deep and complex,
the solution must be holistic and multi-faceted.
The women learn how to sew and start a business to make money and rise out of physical poverty
With a newfound way to support their families with dignity, they rise out of mental and emotional poverty
We create a sisterhood among participants that helps them rise out of social poverty
We teach each lady how to read the Bible, pray, and know God personally to rise out of spiritual poverty.
Women graduated from the sewing school course
Sewing machines earned and distributed
Daughter schools planted
Children able to attend school
Empowering women is the key to developing a society.
Women carry the brunt of the responsibility to raise children, and the success or failure of future generations hangs on these women's capacity to provide adequate education, food, clothing, and housing for their kids.
When ALL children have ALL these basic needs met, the whole nation has a brighter future.
The United Nations has identified 17 goals for improving the world by the year 2030,
and our project plays a part in meeting 10 of these goals very deeply for our participants.
Goal 1: No poverty
End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
This is the main focus of the entire school: bringing vulnerable women permanently out of poverty. We evaluate the need of each candidate for the sewing school based on 5 criteria:
1. Food security: How often does she have to go without a meal?
2. Housing: Does she have a safe place to live?
3. Water: Does she have easy access to safe drinking water?
4. Health: Can she afford healthcare and medicine?
5. Education: Can she afford education for herself and dependents?
Those that struggle the most based on these questions have the highest priority for enrollment. As mentioned above, we recognize that poverty is a deep mental, emotional, social, and spiritual reality as well. So when we say we want to end poverty in all its forms, we create specific systems within the school to address all aspects of the poverty reality that these women live.
Goal 2: Zero hunger
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, including ending all forms of malnutrition
Many of the women we enroll did not have food security and frequently would go without eating altogether, or would only be able to afford unhealthy options. Children growing up in houses that don’t have enough food are in danger of undernutrition, which causes wasting or severe wasting of 52 million children worldwide. We also have helped some of the students with food in times of crisis like after Cyclone Idai in 2019, which wiped out our city and placed everyone in danger of food insecurity.
When these women are able to earn a living through sewing, their tables are never empty.
Goal 3: Good health and well-being for people
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, including promoting mental health
Before having a stable income, many women and their children suffer from not being able to afford healthcare and medicine when they need it. Sometimes we also help them with specific health needs, like trips to the hospital and paying for needed medications. Mental health is another issue we address with consistent encouragement, discipleship, counseling, and intentional community.
Goal 4: Quality education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, including affordable technical, vocational and higher education and increased number of people with relevant skills for financial success.
Restoring Hope embodies this goal as a core value, as we seek to provide a quality training experience that empowers the students with skills for financial success. We have a rigorous quality control department to ensure that we maintain high standards for our products and help the women create items of beauty and value.
Goal 5: Gender equality
End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
Mozambican women face extreme disadvantages and discrimination in the job market. Because they often have fewer education options and opportunities to learn skills, they are much more likely to live in abject poverty than their male counterparts. Because Restoring Hope focuses exclusively on training women, this helps bring equality to a male-dominated society by giving them a marketable skill and a chance to change their story.
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, and the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Because we set up the system for graduates to earn their own sewing machines, they are empowered to start their own independent enterprises for a productive life and their families’ economic growth. Being able to have a decent work environment and work from home also helps them continue to care for their children and give them a better future.
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation, recognizing that manufacturing is a major source of employment.
While our model is more “cottage industries” rather than large-scale manufacturing, we are still a productive group with high export rates.
Goal 10: Reducing inequalities
Reduce income inequality within and among countries, including reducing income inequalities, promoting universal social, economic and political inclusion, ensuring equal opportunities, and, enhanced representation for developing countries.
Normally, low-income Mozambicans wouldn’t be able to reach foreign markets on their own. But with Restoring Hope providing a platform for product exports and lucrative sales abroad, this reduces the income inequality between the developed and undeveloped nations and provides opportunities they would not otherwise have.
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns and ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development
Today’s consumers are becoming increasingly conscientious about where they spend their money, and recognizing that the responsible way to be a better global citizen is to buy from fair trade and environmentally-friendly ventures. We provide yet another option in people’s quest to make the world a better place with their purchases.
Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development" assure that countries and organizations cooperate instead of compete.
We partner with many organizations on many fronts:
1. We partner with local churches and organizations for two main purposes:
A. To recommend the candidates for the sewing school
B. To start new “daughter schools” and empower even more women
2. We partner with international companies and organizations to place bulk orders at a wholesale rate to drive up our production and sales
3. We partner with other sewing schools on large orders and freely share our training resources and model for them to succeed