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Tin Tin: Sewing Teacher and Classroom Supervisor

Allie BurrittComment

Program Coordinator Rachael Cox and Volunteer Kara Davis spoke with Tin Tin (and her daughter who works as a translator) to discuss a few things that she would like for WMT supporters to know about herself, the program, and WMT's future.

A little bit about Tin Tin:

Where are you from?

I was born in Burma and resettled in the United States through Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I lived for several years before moving with one of my daughters to Bowling Green, KY for 3 months. There, my daughter works as a case manager for a resettlement organization. I have four daughters and one son, including 5 grand children. In April of 2011, I moved to Denver, CO where I first began to volunteer at We Made This.  In 2013, I began working as the sewing teacher and started to contribute to the designs and lessons we use in our classroom.  

Why did you decide to start volunteering at We Made This?

I started sewing as a teenager in Burma, making clothes for friends and family and running a small business out of my home. Sewing is my favorite job, ever since I was young. I also worked in a sewing factory in the United States when I lived in Fort Wayne, IN. Most of the women at We Made This do not know anything about sewing, so I am happy to use my previous experience and my knowledge to teach others. I also learn many new things from the other artisans and just from being in the classroom, like new English vocabulary. We work hard together to help eachother.

What changes would you like to see happen at WMT?

I believe that if WMT could reach more customers it would be great to help increase the profits for the women. I wish the ladies could use WMT as their only source of employment.