our story

Our heart is to respond to a community’s real needs and we believe education and training are invaluable tools for empowering those who would otherwise struggle to become self-sufficient.

Our heart is to respond to a community’s real needs and we believe education and training are invaluable tools for empowering those who would otherwise struggle to become self-sufficient.

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Where it all Began

FWH Creations was founded on the belief that education and training are essential and invaluable tools for empowering underprivileged individuals and communities. Our vision, is for the advancement of education amongst marginalised children and people worldwide, and the relief of poverty. The tailoring project was originally for trafficked women who were exploited. This has expanded to include women and children from the lowest caste and suffering the wide-ranging effects of poverty from a lack of formal education, early forced marriage, exploited labour and domestic abuse. From humble beginnings the tailoring programme included embroidery, pattern making, cutting, machining, and construction. It quickly grew creating an in-house brand of products.

 

An intensive three-year syllabus was established to improve quality and production skills that would meet the needs of high-end brands within the global market including Levi Strauss (Levi’s), with whom the organisation partnered with for several years. The trainees worked on simple projects including home accessories and bags until their skills were developed for more demanding products such as couture wedding dresses and high fashion wear.  The high standard of training has ensured that the young people have secured sustainable employment.

FWH Creations is committed to providing training and management expertise equipping young people with skills to enhance their professional and personal lives.  FWH Creations wants to enable individuals to go from a life of uncertainty, exclusion and poverty to a life where they are healthy, emotionally well, safe, educated, trained and economically independent.

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International Interns in Fair trade production
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Women participated in educational workshops
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children Education is sponsored

Currently FWH Creations is supporting and developing sustainable tailoring programmes in India and Nepal. The programmes deliver vocational training opportunities for young people from very low socio-economic backgrounds.

FWH Creations was founded on the belief that education and training are essential and invaluable tools for empowering underprivileged individuals and communities. FWH Creations is committed to helping each person identify their talents and fulfil their ambitions. Everyone has different educational opportunities, training and work experience, as well as unique passions and strengths, therefore we are committed to adapting our responses as appropriate to every situation:

  • We provide educational lessons, seminars, workshops, residential course and vocational training. We facilitate and support tailoring, educational training and business development. 
  • We provide resources and services to those affected by adverse social and economic circumstances. 
  • We develop programmes to help the reintegration of marginalised and excluded peoples back into society.

Lydia's Story

‘My family has been transformed: my two girls are top of their classes and I am determined that being girls will not stop them having every opportunity available to them. I am proud that my family and friends have been inspired by my success.’

Lydia joined the first ever class of trainees in 1998 after leaving school early due to struggling with the English medium of her classes. Developing an interest in fashion, Lydia became a sample tailor. On completion of her training her enthusiasm and aptitude allowed her to quickly rise into a managerial role, ultimately becoming one of the company’s directors in 2012. Alongside her skills in production and in the office, she achieved her desire to pursue her educational goals. With the support from FWH Creations, Lydia completed her Diploma in Fashion Design and merchandising at ALT training college in Bengaluru.

In 2012, when completing a Business Entrepreneurship Diploma, Lydia was awarded top prize for her business plan. Lydia is now successfully running her own company. She has moved into a 2-bedroom house with clean running water and electricity and her family now has transport of their own.

‘My family has been transformed: my two girls are top of their classes and I am determined that being girls will not stop them having every opportunity available to them. I am proud that my family and friends have been inspired by my success.’

Radha's Story

Radha is very well respected in the unit and takes over many leadership roles if required. Sustainable and fair wages have enabled Radha to make positive informed choices about her own life.

Joining the team in 2001, Radha had completed a vocational training programme and started at the Jacobswell unit as a trainee on the sewing machines. She was stitching for many years until the departure of the cutting master in 2010 at which point she was trained to take over his work. The cutting table is now fully Radha’s domain and she excels at measuring and cutting fabric for the team to stitch, as well as designing and grading patterns.

Radha is very well respected in the unit and takes over many leadership roles if required. She also has a great deal of responsibility at home, looking after her elderly parents as well as the daughters of her brother who is a single parent.  She has recently married and with more responsibility at work her income has increased and she has been able to move out of the family slum dwelling into a little house near work with access to clean water.

With a keen eye for replicating and adapting products, Radha is responsible for the production of a very high standard of merchandise and ladies’ fashions. She works on these herself and takes charge of training the rest of the team in correct construction techniques. Several members of staff have commented on how well she conducts training and how much they enjoy learning from her.

With FWH Creations support for the training Radha has been able to make positive informed choices about her own life.

Sheela's Story

She is truly thankful that she has secure employment and a caring team working alongside her. All donations and products purchased help women like Sheela to live a hopeful and dignified life.

Sheela is hardworking and dedicated, and has been working for Jacobswell for three years now. Her role was mainly to help Radha, the pattern cutter. She showed great enthusiasm and commitment to learning more skills on the sewing machine. Sheela worked extremely hard in her training and now she is part of the production team.

She is a single-parent mother, whose income supports her whole family.  Sheela works to pay for her grandchildren’s education to enable job opportunities for them. Also, because of Coronavirus, Sheela’s son and her son in law are still without work. Her daughter has a collapsed lung and Sheela suffers with her own health conditions after an operation in November 2019.

With no state benefits or savings for the family, FWH Creations was able to donate funds for her medical bills and for her grandchildren’s school fees to support her.

She is truly thankful that she has secure employment and a caring team working alongside her. All donations and products purchased help women like Sheela to live a hopeful and dignified life.

NGO To International Business

The training in production and the concept of working as a team has created energy, motivation and a sense of responsibility and making it a happy environment for them to be in.

The charity’s concept of working as a team has created energy, motivation and a sense of responsibility, making the work-place a happy environment for the women to be in.

The women were used to working for a Non-governmental organisation (NGO). So our challenge was to change their outlook and appreciate the need to work hard, fulfil deadlines and achieve a high standard of work.

Working as a team was fundamental to the success of the production, but this concept was not familiar to them.  For example, leave had to be planned and responsibility shared so that the work could continue.

Ammus's Story

Ammu works on incoming orders, shipments, and communication with clients and suppliers. She is very skilled, organised and trained under our computer and Excel programs. Ammu works very independently and is very much in charge of her departments.  

Ammu, orphaned at a very young age along with her two siblings, and battling with Tuberculosis, was referred to Jacobswell by her Aunt. House parents and a safe home were provided for all three children. Ammu joined the tailoring unit way back in 1999. Too weak to use the industrial machines, she was trained in design and quality control and today manages all the operations on the production floor. She can converse fluently in English with all the international clients, she is a confident, self-contained married woman earning a sustainable and secure income. She has also studied for her 10th standard exams (equivalent to 9 GCSEs), learnt English and uses the computer with word and excel programmes due to the opportunities funded by FWH Creations.

During the lockdown Jacobswell struggled with orders. FWH Creations initiated a GoFundMe campaign to financially support all the employees.