The ladies from Femme Forte, the NPO and job creation project in Chatsworth that was founded in March this year to teach women in the community sewing, cooking and beading, had an exciting start to June. The aspiring caterers in the group were invited to sell their food at Hirsch’s Homestores in Springfield Park when the branch celebrated their 21st Birthday – and needless to say, the food that included traditional Indian Fare, was a massive hit with shoppers, the staff and especially the Guest of Honour for the occasion, East Coast Radio DJ, Keri Miller from the Breakfast Show, who is a vegetarian and raved about her bean curry.
The project is the dream turned reality of Jacqueline Pillay, an award winning business woman who grew up in Chatsworth and left her home several years ago – to get married, raise a family and start up a successful construction business, JasJian. Her heart has always been with the members of the Chatsworth community, especially the women, and in particular, the women who battle to find employment.
Classes are all free of charge and there are twenty permanent students on the course. Volunteers have come forward to help teach the ladies, Jacqui is still looking for a supplier of wholesale material, cooking equipment, and cooking ingredients.
Explained Jacqueline “While women’s empowerment serves in granting economic independence to women, it also serves in contributing and benefiting the household and society as a whole. Pressure on one individual to earn a family’s living can be too much to bear, which is why it is right to share the burden. It would be fantastic if we could gradually uproot poverty from our country by facilitating proper distribution of wealth per household. Femme Forte is here to help with that concept.” For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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