Job generation and learning paths
Underprivileged people, including victims of landmines and polio, are commissioned by CosmoQueen to create unique leisure towels, bags & beaded dolls to eventually become economically independent.
At CHA, the leisure towels and bags are handmade on behalf of CosmoQueen and are therefore all unique, just like the women and men who put them together. After all, these women and men all have a disability, often caused by polio or landmines. Thanks to this work, they find pleasure and usefulness in life again, while creating their own community. This project allows them to be proud of themselves and generate their own income, while previously they were often ignored or even maligned. Small beadwork is also made, a special CosmoQueen doll, so that everyone can work regardless of their experience level. The fabrics they use are dyed and woven in the countryside by underprivileged women using looms and materials donated by CosmoQueen. That way, these rural women can support their families without having to work far from home. By donating these looms and sewing machines to all those involved in the production process, we try to create the opportunity for as many underprivileged people as possible to develop their own products. They can then sell these products in their own store or on the local market, potentially making them independent of CosmoQueen in the future.
Parents and carers who still live on the street today make sustainable bags to support their children and themselves and to create a better future.
The bags are made from old newspapers, rice bags and / or car tires and thus contribute to a better and also a more sustainable world. The newspaper bags are filled with stories. The bags are made by parents and carers who live on the street and whose children live in orphanages because they cannot support them independently. We support these women by teaching them a skill to make money with that skill. The goal is that with the income they can eventually finance their own accommodation and support their family (again). Our shopper is made in a "co-working" place that offers guidance to young women and men who are ex-drug addicts or who are from orphanages or want to re-enter. They are offered various learning paths. The sewing workshop there is supported by teachers and carries out various assignments from CosmoQueen, among others. In this way these young women and men get (again) the opportunity to build an independent existence. Both products are developed in collaboration with Friends on behalf of CosmoQueen. The projects are located in Siem Reap & Phnom Penh. Together with Friends, we are also committed to empowerment in the countryside of Poipet by donating material (such as treadle sewing machines) to folds who want to use their skills.
Underprivileged women use their traditional skills to create and embroider our scarves & accessories, which are beautifully finished with silk and / or beads. We support them by issuing assignments and by donating materials, which makes them more powerful to participate in society.
Many women in and around Amman have the right skills, but not the right opportunities. For this group we create work in a small studio. They embroider and sew shawls for CosmoQueen in all imaginable colors. The shawls are made of various types of camel wool and sometimes lined with silk and / or unique bead embroidery. Some beadwork is made at home by and by the women who find it more difficult to get to the studio. By using these embroideries and sewing to the shawl in the studio, we can also help this separate group of women to become independent and support their own families. We also encourage women in Amman to develop products for the local and tourist market. We do this by giving advice through a local sales woman and by donating various machines and raw materials. They also receive a contribution for part of the costs for the rent, stove, gas cylinder and furniture. We do this because we think it is important that they can work in good conditions. The women's community is also directly supported by CosmoQueen as we source our raw materials from local stores. In this way we can help as many people as possible with the production of one CosmoQueen product.
By following our training in the textile industry and with the certificate obtained with it, the opportunities on the labor market are considerably increased for women from slums. If they can generate their own income, their life situation will be significantly improved.
Women who live in slums and on or around the rubbish dumps in Indonesia are trained in one year for a profession in the textile industry as a seamstress or tailor. When they start the training they receive a starter kit with the necessary materials, including scissors, a ruler and paper. In special classrooms and under the guidance of teachers, the women are guided in every area and are offered meals. They are also picked up and returned on their training days. In this way they are supported in all areas to successfully complete the training and obtain the certificate. A certificate makes it easier to practice a profession that will ultimately enable women to become financially and socially independent. After completing the training, they are helped in looking for a job or they have the opportunity to set up their own business. They also get the option to follow further education. Experience shows that after completing the training, the women gain more respect for themselves and that by generating their own income they can help their community to build a better life.
Women with a physical disability follow a textile training to prepare them to develop and sell products independently.
Young women from Conakry with a physical disability are helped by offering textile training. In addition to being able to forget about their disability for a while, it allows them to focus on the future and further develop their qualities. During the training, these women learn to make a specific product under supervision. We think it is important that in addition to developing products, they also learn how to sell them. This helps disabled women in their struggle for empowerment. We also help these women by donating machines, materials and teaching materials, so that they can master the profession under good conditions. After the textile training has been completed, these women receive two more years of guidance in the Nimba Boutique. In this way, the women are prepared to continue working independently. This project is done in collaboration with the Nimba Foundation.