Now she holds classes for women from Lewiston, Westbrook and Portland to learn to make aprons, pants and dresses. Just as Ngoy was hired by Davids Bridal in Portland immediately after moving here 16 years ago, her students are being groomed to become professional seamstresses. Though many have never used a sewing machine before, all are eager. Ancille Mukazayire of Rwanda wants to succeed so she can make and sell her own clothes. Its not easy, she said, looking up from her sewing machine. But its good. Its a good opportunity. That opportunity would be out of reach if Ngoy were not sharing her knowledge free of charge. It is a skill you can take with you that can help you find a job anywhere, Ngoy said. We want to teach people and try to bring it into the community. The program is part of Women United Around the World, a nonprofit Ngoy founded to empower women through vocational training. A fashion show March 12 in Portland will serve as a fundraiser to help initiatives such as The Sewing Academy flourish and remain free to participants.
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