"WE WANT TO BRING BACK INCOME TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND HAVE TAILORS BENEFIT DIRECTLY FROM THE WORK OF THEIR HANDS REGARDLESS WHERE THEY LIVE"
- Michael Bist, Founder of The Tailor Network
While tailors in major cities are usually fully booked, those in smaller cities and rural areas are now struggling from economic downturn. The demand for tailored clothing has been in steady decline for decades, and people are less willing to pay for quality. Many of these tailors are elderly and are unable to move to larger cities to follow the work.
By acquiring customers centrally and distributing the work across our network of tailors, we can empower our golden-aged tailors to continue living from the work they love and to utilize their valuable knowledge.
With our extensive network, we also enable those tailors who can’t afford a wide range of expensive equipment to remain independent and work wherever he or she is located. We can centralize capital-intensive low-utilization tasks like creation of button holes and allocate work depending on each tailors individual equipment.
But we realized we could take our impact even further and have therefore created our social opportunity project:
"ITS A COMPLETELY NEW WAY TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN UNDER PRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES ACROSS EUROPE"
- Elisabeth Grabow, Head of Tailor Empowerment
“Inherited poverty,” or the "cycle of poverty” is unfortunately still a common problem in every country across Europe. Children who grow up in poverty often not only lack luxury items, but even more important, access to good education and after-school tutoring. The resulting low education lowers their chances for a job with a sustainable, meaningful income, which would allow them to provide better for their children. And so the cycle continues.
“I grew up like this, but I want something else for my children”
- Participant of the Tailor Empowerment course
Digitalization and continuously growing knowledge requirements combined with a declining appreciation for manual skills are making the situation worse for many families.
This is where the Tailor Empowerment program creates real impact.
In close cooperation with NGO partners like transition homes we offer free training courses, which allow participants to become quality seamstresses, highly specialized on single garments (e.g. men suit trousers). Through The Tailor Network we can ensure the demand and targeted allocation of tasks based on their individual skill levels.
This unique combination allows those people to move within a very short time into meaningful and sustainable income. For many of our NGO partners, this makes our program very attractive, as it very difficult to provide opportunities that quickly relieve the burden of poverty Without sustainable job opportunities they have seen their clientele regularly coming back as they could not find a hold in society.
This is why some NGO partners volunteer their own full-time resources to our program, since they see it as bringing the greatest impact to their clientele.