Expect the unexpected... 0 0 1 427 2436 Datalink ITS Inc. 20 5 2858 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Hi Family & Friends! It s Kari here! I m so excited to share my experience here in South Africa with everyone back home, but until I get there, here s a preview. Today I was able to teach some of the CHE s, who have their own sewing business, how to make wine bottle bags. I have been looking forward to teaching this class all week & feel that my time in Sweet Home is my purpose for the trip. I absolutely loved being in Sweet Home earlier this week the people are genuine & so open to learning from us. I was able to sit in on Alan & Mark s business class on Monday & was interested to hear where the ladies were at within their sewing business (i.e. goals & expectations). As we have discovered while being here in SA, things don t always go as planned. The ladies had gotten their sewing machines repaired & we were under the impression that they were supposed to be getting them back today. But to our surprise, they hadn t received them & we didn t find that out until after we arrived in Sweet Home this morning. So Sisanda (one of the CHE leaders) got on her phone & tracked down someone in the township who had a sewing machine we could use. (By the way, I brought my old sewing machine to SA but we decided not to bring it today due to a converter issue). Mark, Claire, Sisanda & I walked to go pick up the sewing machine & then walked to the building where we would I would be teaching the class. The women soon joined us & I began my class. Since we only had one sewing machine, I thought the best idea would be to have one of the women do the actual sewing & I d just teach them how to assemble the bag. My class took a turn off course when Sisanda, who was translating, left to go check on a member of the community, leaving me to figure out how I was going to communicate to these ladies. Not only was it difficult to teach without my own sewing machine, it just got more complicated now that I didn t have a translator. Luckily, one of the ladies spoke a little English & we were able to communicate & I was able to finish teaching the class using simple English, gestures & smiles. Overall, the ladies were excited & receptive to learn to sew something new & I was definitely in my element with the sewing. The ladies are confident they will be able to sell the wine bottle bags to the local wineries (my original intent) & be able to bring in income for their business & families. Another exciting moment was at the end of the class, they asked me to teach them how to make reversible sling bags. But unfortunately I hadn t brought enough fabric & we had ran out of time. But Claire said I could come back tomorrow & teach them then. So back to Sweet Home I will go! It will be great to spend another day teaching these ladies I m blessed to be able to pass on the knowledge others have given me. Love, Kari