Sewing machines are a practical solution to empower women in developing countries, especially when combines with some training and business skills. There is often a local tailoring market for women to earn secondary income for the family or even power a business by getting contracts to sew school uniforms. The sewing machine project we supported with the March donations also encourages the women to set up projects in their own villages and communities. The ladies pass on their training and work together with other women. Good Friends of Nepal has trained hundreds of women as part of their 5-month long community development program. So the sewing skills are just a practical entry point for the women to organize other women in their community and build livelihoods and improve health. We have visited these places and seen the smiles on the faces of graduates who are using the machines as agents of change.