Community Unity Project

The Common Unity Project Aotearoa in Lower Hutt received $3,801.31 to purchase two sewing machines, overlockers and other equipment for its sewing collective. Under the guidance of an experienced volunteer local mums are taught sewing skills, empowering them to clothe their own families while developing skills for potential employment.

The project has also benefited the wider community as the collective was invited by New Zealand Post’s sustainability team to participate in a pilot programme. Donated uniforms from NZ Post Group and other corporates were repurposed to make into clothing and other items to sell or gift to the community.

The Mazda Foundation grant will help the Common Unity Project develop the pilot textiles recycling programme, and also continue to produce low cost, warm clothing for local families who are on low household incomes.