MADI Makes Job Training Program
"Give a woman a fish and you feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish and you feed her for a lifetime." In May of 2018, our 501c3 non-profit subsidiary - MADI Donations - launched MADI Makes, a seamstress job-training program for at-risk women in Kansas City. Watch to learn more:
(Video by Michael Saldivar)
MADI Donations is the non-profit subsidiary of MADI Apparel, the KC-based company that donates a pair of underwear to women in need for every intimate item sold.
The MADI Makes program will help empower individuals to break cycles of chronic homelessness + unemployment and create pathways to self-sufficiency through a learned vocational skill. The goal of the program is to help at-risk women with employment barriers attain and sustain jobs and build a better life. Working in partnership with Hope Faith Ministries, the program will teach women to sew the donations pairs of underwear on commercial machines.
Once the apprentice successfully graduates from the program, MADI Apparel (our for-profit company) will hire the women to sew on a contract basis. Not only will apprentices learn commercial sewing skills, but also basic work skills, workplace interaction skills and other skills needed to build confidence and pave the way toward fulfilling employment in the community and the growing garment industry.
^Above from left to right: Program manager Laney, MADI Makes program graduate Andrescia, program trainer Miranda
Andrescia, featured in the video, is our first successful graduate and currently being contract employed to cut/sew our garments!
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Video by: Michael Saldivar