The Maison Dorcas is a development project created in 1995
to provide employment and training for women in Abidjan, Côte
d'Ivoire. They learn sewing, crafts, and small business
management skills. For most them, this is
their first job, and they are learning to be disciplined
and reliable in their work, and are realizing that they are
capable and intelligent. They are encouraged to manage
their part of the production process, and to come up with
ideas for new products and for improving current products.
Some have participated in math and literacy classes, and
some have learned to use the computer and do accounting.
They are proud to display their products at local sales and
shows, where clients are attracted by the quality and
variety of their work.
We have many friends in the US, Europe and other African
countries who sell our products.
The project was started by SIM (Serving in Mission), an
inter-denominational mission that has worked in West
Africa for over 100 years. SIM is best known in Abidjan
for its sponsorship of the radio station Fréquence Vie (89.4 FM).