Updated: May 25
Jerryline Togba is mad about fashion. When she finished school, she was given the chance to attend a tailoring program at the Salvation Army Polytechnic thanks to Universal Outreach's Bright Star Scholarship Program.
Jerryline has always loved sewing and knew she wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Upon leaving high school, a friend told Jerryline about the Universal Outreach scholarship program and she jumped at the prospect. She was awarded a scholarship, which saw her through two years of studying tailoring — the craft she dreamed of turning into a career.
“Fashion is important for us, because it allows us to express ourselves and it represents who we are and what we do,” she said.
To practise her new skills and to ensure that she could stitch together a living for transport and food for her family, she did sewing jobs on the side throughout the program.
She was quickly recognized as one of the most talented seamstresses on the course, coming top of her class. During the program, she developed a particular love for tailoring women’s clothing and now fashions glorious garments made from local fabrics.
Since finishing the program, she has been running her Uncle’s tailoring shop while he is out on contract making the curtains for the presidential palace. She dreams of having her own shop one day, where she can continue to make beautiful dresses and skirts, as well as shirts for men.