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).
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