Umudozi means to tailor. Mama Prince is a sharp and highly motivated woman. Spend a day with her learning about her trade and working alongside a dozen or so other women from the community attending her training center for tailoring. You can book half day, full day, or multi-day visits. Purchase a variety of beautiful traditional fabrics directly from her shop then work on your design of choice.She'll work alongside you covering both theory and practice. If you'd like, she'll show you around town to visit the market, introduce you to folks, and grab a bite to eat.
"Sewing is a great skill to have. There is always a market for it and it provides a basic need, and I love getting to train other women how to be self-sufficient!"
Mama Prince has a huge smile. She was born in Rubengera and now lives just outside of town with her husband, Emmanuel, and family where they have a five hectare farm growing beans, maize, and fruits, including maracuja, which they use to make syrup and bottle for sale locally.
She is a good role model for the community. Sewing for her means income for her family and giving back.
Mama Prince has been working as a seamstress for over five years, and started out with only one foot peddled sewing machine. She attended a regional technical school to learn her trade. She makes her own designs and takes orders for school uniforms, pieces for wedding ceremonies, and local families.
After getting established producing and selling her own work, she decided to take out a small loan to expand her operation. She initially opened a vocational training center in Rubengera before moving it to Gisovu. She now has over 20 foot peddled sewing and embroidery machines and provides 6 month vocational training for women from the community.