Weaving a threads of success

Evangeline Life Skills graduates show off the outfits they made.

Men and women from Masiphumelele and surrounds are eligible to attend the Evangeline Life Skills course, a free six-week programme offered by Masicorp and Evangeline Ministries.

To complete the course, which teaches basic computer skills, English and sewing skills, participants must make a traditional outfit and show it off on their graduation day.

Course graduates gathered at the Chasmay Campus in Masiphumelele last month to show off their designs.

“There was the pure sense of accomplishment on every graduate’s face when they boasted with their ‘fashion sense’ on the catwalk on graduation day,” said Masicorp spokesman Craig Meyer.

The ceremony was the culmination of six months of hard work and each graduate received a certificate and a new sewing machine to propel their inner entrepreneur.

“The self-confidence and skills gained during the course lay a foundation for people to create a new future for themselves and their families,” said Mr Meyer

“Today I am wearing a dress that I made myself, and I’m still in disbelief,” said Masiphumelele resident Dunyiswua Baleni. “This course has introduced me to the most wonderful people, and I can go out into the world and have faith in myself, and for my family’s future, because I know I can do anything I set my mind to.”

Masicorp is a non-profit organisation supporting Masiphumelele. Email contact@masicorp.org for more information about the course.