The Six Stars

The Six Stars

It’s a very nice feeling. I’m happy that I can do something for my community and I have skills to work and depend on myself.

Enas, Samah, Wadha, Yasmin, Salwa and Raniya all come from similar backgrounds. Raised in rural Yemen by mothers with little formal education, they also shared the struggle of unemployment before enrolling at Yemen Education For Employment (YEFE). As they tackled problem-solving, goal-setting and teamwork exercises together during their Yemen EFE Workplace Success training, they became close friends. But it wasn’t until they completed their vocational training in tailoring and dressmaking that they realized their common passion for fashion, and became a tight-knit business team. At their Yemen EFE graduation, each of the aspiring designers received a start-up toolkit containing necessary basic supplies for tailoring and dressmaking, including a sewing machine. Pooling their resources and skills, they formed the Six Stars tailoring shop. Their success shocked the elders in their community, and they met resistance at first. But with a long list of happy clients, the Six Stars proved that women-led businesses could thrive.

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