Fashion Forward: Women’s Sewing Cooperatives Support Climate Resistance

2017-09-24T16:33:52-04:00Tags: |

Mrs. Hadizatou Ebiliki and women in her community are breaking down gender barriers and building climate-resilient income streams via sewing. Recurrent droughts, inconsistent rainfall and climate change are impacting the stability of Niger’s economy, forcing people to migrate and look for alternative sources of income. Sewing provides one such alternative livelihood. Women like 16-year-old Halima Ousseïni are able to acquire skills to hold a stable sewing job, unthreatened by the climate crisis. The collective of 40 women have influenced a growing trend of sewing collectives in the region. Photo credit: Julie Teng/UNDP Niger