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A photo report from Des Femmes en Fil, a workshop and boutique in Nantes

January 2017

Non-profit Des Femmes en Fil welcomed photographer Aline Boros.

Des Femmes en Fil, a non-profit set up in 2009, helps women on their paths back into jobs and society at a fair-trade, solidarity-economy sewing workshop, and encourages diversity through sewing classes. The Fondation VINCI pour la Cité and two VINCI sponsors helped this workshop-boutique expand and update and upgrade its office software.

Two sisters – Farida and Yasmina Abid – set up this workshop (and have created their own clothing brand, Les Petites Mains) to train women in difficult circumstances to sew, so that they can later find jobs as seamstresses. This workshop’s employees make garments to order for professional customers, and touch-ups for private customers. They are all on integration paths and several of them have signed contrats d’avenir (forward-looking contracts).

This non-profit won an award at the France-wide S’Engager pour les Quartiers competition in 2013, helps women with formalities and family-related issues and, beyond that, helps them get back on their feet. The two founders are keen on providing fulfilling jobs by challenging employees with very high standards. Aline Boros’ photos capture the cohesion among them.

Financement : 10 000 € pour l'agrandissement du parc de machines de l'atelier de Bellevue et renouvellement de la bureautique.
Parrainage : Mme Anne PODEVIN, VINCI Concessions et Mme Gaëlle SEVENO LAMBERT, VINCI Concessions.

Discover the photo report of Aline Boros.