MyWorkwear helps Olutosin turn trash to treasure in Nigeria

Olutosin Oladusa Adebowale standing in front of a patchwork quilt.
Olutosin Oladusa Adebowale

In December, we were contacted by Jenny who asked for our help. Jenny wondered what we did with unwanted scraps of material from our factory. She wondered if we would be willing to donate so that she could send on to a lady called Olutosin Oladusa Adebowale who lives in Nigeria.

Olutosin is a quilter and looking at the variety of her work, a master craftsperson. She turns what others may throw away into magnificent artwork, furniture coverings and bags, amongst other items.

Items are sold through the local community, via Facebook , or a retail shop in Bradenton, Florida. The monies raised are used within Olutosin’s community to support babies, girls and women.

Star of Hope Transformation Center

Olutosin Adebowale is the founder and driving force behind The Star of Hope Transformation Center (SHTC). The STHC believes in, and is engaged in, transforming the community’s view of gender-based violence. Rehabilitating women and empowering them to earn their own income by training them on how to make products from waste. 

Olutosin has devoted her life to gender equality and the elimination of violence against women. Through her extensive work with women who are survivors of domestic violence, she has gained a deep understanding for their situation and the problems that they face in their communities. By combining her knowledge and passion for women’s rights with her skills in craft making she takes an innovative and constructive approach to women’s empowerment by using “turn trash to treasure, turn abused women into assets” as a motto to guide her work

Aims of the SHTC

  • Establish a Rape Prevention Response Centre.
  • Build a Woman Transformative Centre with special focus on practical gender medical needs and strategic gender interests.
  • Training of women in various skills acquisition such as tailoring, tie & dye, making cooking bag production, etc.
  • Become a bridge between endowed individuals and organisations and  less privileged women and children who need resources for development, social and emotional support.
  • To build focus groups among indigent women in order to achieve well rounded friendships through networking and collaborations.
  • To build a strong Life Skills Centre for survival of children.

Some of the projects created from scraps of material

MyWorkwear’s material donation

Lauren from MyWorkwear and Jenny.

After reading about the work that Olutosin carries out, the team at MyWorkwear decided that they would like to help. We gathered together the material that we had left that was suitable for the craft work that Olutosin and the ladies work upon. Jenny came to MyWorkwear to collect our donation to send on to Nigeria.

We are delighted to have been able to help, and we very much look forward to seeing what products will be made from our donation.

MyWorkwear are a supplier of personalised clothing, uniform and workwear across the UK. Since 1976 the team at MyWorkwear have been dressing the UK in clothing that can have logo’s, branding or designs added by machine embroidery or print.