Former Mayor Zenaida Moya and Hon Michael Finnegan Launch Mesopotamia Sewing Center Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:00

On Saturday, March 10, 2012, former Mayor Zenaida Moya and Honorable Michael Finnegan, UDP Area Representative for the Mesopotamia Division, launched the first ever Mesopotamia Sewing Center at the 2nd Floor of the Commercial Center.

This initiative, which is the brainchild of Moya, is to help empower and bring financial independence to those unemployed Mesopotamia residents, who are interested in learning a trade and, immediately after the 3-month training, owning their own business to contribute to their families’ economic livelihood.

‘Teaching a woman/man to fish instead of giving her/him one’ is the motto of this initiative, as Moya attempts to utilize her economic knowledge and experience, working with cooperatives and other community groups to help bring about increased economic opportunities for Mesopotamia residents.

Main funding was secured from businessmen Nando Nandwani and GA Roe & Sons to renovate the rooms into a well-equipped and comfortable training facility, and to pay for the 30 electric sewing machines, tables, chairs, shears, French curve rulers, yard sticks, scissors, shop paper, tailor’s chalk, seam rippers, nippers, and tape measures. City Engineer, Benjamin Mendoza, was instrumental in carrying out the renovation.

Moya is working with Ms. Alice Williams, Mrs. Debbie Rye, and Ms. Josephine Gonzalez, who have agreed to train the women on a volunteer basis on Saturday mornings, and Monday thru Wednesday mornings, respectively. The course outline is geared toward attaining full Ministry of Education certification.

Moya, who hopes to assist other Mesopotamia residents after this first course training, has since spoken with Beltraide’s Executive Chairman, Mr. Michael Singh, who has confirmed Beltraide’s assistance in further preparing the residents to start up their own sewing business.
Additional to linking the residents with key local organizations to sew uniforms, bags, curtains, caps, and other clothing, etc., Moya has already made contact with a Houston-based entity that has since confirmed their interest in having the residents sew for them in the future.