Kachikau Sewing Project is a group of village residents who have come together after realizing an opportunity to supply uniforms to the surrounding area. This idea was born out of the current hardships that the whole Chobe Enclave Community is facing in acquiring school uniforms for their children. The nearest supplier of school uniforms is in Kasane where one has to place an order for the uniforms and collect after 2-3 weeks of waiting. The various safari companies in the Enclave provide a potential market too.
The main objective of this development is to assist the local community take an initiative to develop their own income levels using their locally available resources. The group already has two skilled seamstresses who have offered to use their skills in building the other community members.
The profit from the business will then benefit the community because some money will then be used to support venerable groups in the village.
Book Bags, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Lantern Lights
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Sewing, Dress Making, and Clothing Production
Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Bath Towels, Light Blankets, and Linen Sets
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Buttons, Clothing Catalogs, Fabric Scissors, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measures, Thread, and Zippers
The Vuche Vuche Basket Weaving Co-operative was created to provide employment for women who were either not employed or only employed on a part time basis. The group now consists of twenty ladies, some of whom are widows who are the sole providers for their families, and others who are taking care of orphaned children or their elderly parents. The materials they use for making the baskets are harvested from the bush around the nearby village of Satau and all dyes used are natural.
General School Supplies:
Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, Scissors, and Counter Books
Point and Shoot Cameras with Batteries
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Craft Scissors, Crochet Hooks, Tape Measures, and Thread
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.