Majuma is a refugee from Somalia and has been sewing with Re:new since its beginning. In the fall of 2009, Re:new Project was located in a small, sunlit room down the hall from World Relief and around the corner from Repeat Boutique. It was a humble little room, with fabric-laden shelves on one side, windows on the other, and two tables and an ironing board tucked snugly in between. It was here that Majuma learned how to sew. She had a spark in her eye and a laugh easily ignited by her fellow seamstresses.

Majuma has been one of our most consistent students, faithfully coming week after week, and we cheered when she earned her sewing certificate in the spring of 2010. The curriculum begins with instructing the students on the anatomy of sewing machines and how to sew lines on paper, and then teaches them in incremental steps how to sew basic things like handbags and aprons with ruffles and pockets.

Today Majuma is an employee of Re:new and enjoys supplementing her family's income by making aprons, headbands and handbags. Her vibrant personality blesses our community with lots of song and laughter, causing us to smile on the grayest of days!

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