Wishwas currently has operations in Queens (Jamaica) . 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
1.Vocational Skills Training: 20 women
We provide hands-on training and support services to develop skills such as design, production and presentation:
10 month Apparel construction+Pattern Making projects+Product making.
classes starts 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.Pop-up shop opportunities.
Trips to Brooklyn Accelerator and Textile museums and events.
2. Workers Cooperatives: We provide the initial support structure and referrals to micro-loans for members to meet, form self-sustaining cooperatives and start-up businesses, purchase materials and finance new initiatives.
Workers Cooperative training for grassroots only.
3. Small Business Entrepreneurship: We assist Wishwas members develop and manage a business plan, including marketing, budgeting, partnerships and sales. We provide mentors, workshops and networks 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
4. 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 potentials. We provide referrals to affordable and accessible healthcare, legal services 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