German Embassy supports the project "Chitenje and Tailors"

Chakupa Milanzi of the German Embassy is showing an example of a Chintenje bag Enlarge image Chakupa Milanzi of the German Embassy is showing an example of a Chintenje bag (© Mélina Krulik)

The project "Chitenje and tailors" supports female tailors in Chinsapo, a suburb of Malawi’s capital city Lilongwe. The team of four Malawians and a supporting group of six in Germany provides the women with a platform to share experiences and improve their sewing and business skills.


The aim of the project is to give the women enough skills and confidence to start their own successful business to sustain a living and become independent from financial aid. The dresses and bags made out of the colorful African Chitenje fabric are sold at a fair price in Malawi and Germany. Each tailor then saves a part of his earnings to buy her own sewing machine. The woman are not bound to the project, but on the contrary encouraged to use their newly acquired skills to venture into self-employment.

Johannes Scharlau is signing the documents of the Small Grant Project Enlarge image Johannes Scharlau is signing the documents of the Small Grant Project (© Mélina Krulik)

Johannes Scharlau, Head of Administration at the German Embassy in Malawi, made a visit to the projects site in Chinsapo to meet the tailors and get to know their work. The German Embassy supports “Chitenje and Tailors” with 2.500 Euro that will enable them to set up a second classroom and thus allow more women to join the project. The money will be used to buy paint, furniture, two new sewing machines and a solar panel to make the sewing classes independent from power cuts.

German Embassy supports the project "Chitenje and Tailors"

Female Tailors of the Small Grant Project "Chintenje and Tailors"

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