World University Service of Canada (Wusc) last week gave a sewing machine to Maganizo Women Empowerment (Mawe) in Nancholi, Blantyre.
With the machine, Mawe will be making aprons, bags and scarves for export through a US designer and volunteer Georgia Cockerill.
The organisation has also clinched a deal with a Malawian company, Responsible Safari, which has pledged to buy their pillows, travelling bags, cushions and other products.
Mawe, a component of Nancholi Youth Organisation (Nayo), is also involved in farming and other small-scale businesses. The proceeds are used to take care of the sick.
Nayo coordinator George Nedi said the group plans to train more tailors as a way of empowering its members as well as increase their production.
The groups chairperson Monica Laurent said they are currently running 20 home-based care centres in Blantyre.