A personal insight into the members of the Young Tailor’s Club at Kariba South Primary School. The Young Tailor’s Club is part of the school’s tailoring enterprise and encourages young students to learn how to tailor.
The Tailoring Centre was started in 2013 with the support of the local NGO, School Club Zambia. After significant market research, the school identified a gap in the local market for a tailoring enterprise. By making school uniforms and catering to the needs of the local community, the Tailoring Centre provides services to well over 1,000 people, many of whom previously travelled more than 30km by dirt road to reach the nearest tailor. The Centre also makes tourist products (such as bags and aprons) that are sold in lodges and hostels across Zambia. The Centre employs a lead tailor, Mrs. Chidamba, who is responsible for the running and upkeep of the centre. She also runs the Young Tailors Club with 25 pupils from Kariba South Primary School, where pupils learn valuable practical skills in tailoring. Since the launch of the Tailoring Centre, a total of K12,100 (£1,210) income has been generated. This income has been used by the school to help fund the renovation of classrooms as well as construct latrines. Additional profits have been used to invest in more materials to make more products.