Vocational Training

Wishwas currently has operations in Jamaica, Queens. We believe in fair trade, fair wages and expanding opportunities for low-income women and their communities. Our weekly meetings provide a vibrant space for the following programs:

Vocational Skills Training

We provide hands-on training and support services to develop skills such as design, production and presentation:

  • Ten-month Apparel construction, Pattern and Product making.
  • Classes run from September to June every year.
  • Students are given certification after an evaluation.
  • Women get small custom orders from Designers.
  • Workshops on using new mediums to make products to sell.
  • Market readiness, Production process and Pop-up shop opportunities.
  • Trips to Brooklyn Accelerator and Textile museums and events.

Workers Cooperatives

We provide the initial support structure and referrals for micro-loans for members to meet, form self-sustaining cooperatives and start-up businesses, purchase materials and finance new initiatives.

  • Workers Cooperative Training
  • Community Organizing
  • Skill Building

Small Business Entrepreneurship

We help Wishwas members develop and manage a business plan, including marketing, budgeting, partnerships and sales. We provide mentors, workshops and networking to help leverage resources, attain loans and gain visibility for their work.

  • Pro bono legal services to incorporate businesses
  • Pro bono business planning and development services
  • Resources for seed money and grants

Legal and Health Resources

We believe in women’s holistic development and understand that legal and health barriers can prevent women from realizing their fullest potential. We provide referrals to affordable and accessible healthcare, legal and social services, to encourage emotional and physical well-being.

  • Workshops on Nutrition and Wellness
  • Workshops on Reproductive Health
  • Workshops on Gender and Sexuality
  • Legal Workshops for Immigrants