Created: 08/09/2014 5:59 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A non-profit organization that helps refugee and immigrant women in New Mexico is on the verge of closing. Nkazi Sinandile, co-founder of New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways, said they are barley scraping by.
“Women come and get training for free to sew, weave or bead,” said Sinandile. “Then they sell those items to provide food for their families.”
Sinandile said those skills help refugee, immigrant and low income women get back on their feet. She also teaches them and their families English as a second language. But Sinandile said she’s can’t it up.
“It makes me very sad because I know this service is very valuable.”
Founded in 2009, Global Pathways is running out of money. Sinandile said they haven’t been able to get any grants recently.
“Because it's highly competitive here in New Mexico, almost all the organizations are applying for the same funding and there are a lot of organizations here that are non-profit.”
Sinandile said she has no extra money to hire and grant writer which would really help their chances. For now they’re scraping by thanks to her husband.
“It's very worth it for the people that participate,” she said. “But it's wearing down on me and my husband's financial resources. He's the only one working.”
Now she’s planning to sell all of these items made by the women she trains, hoping they’ll raise enough money to stay open for a little longer.
“Soon, and very soon, I'm hoping we can find someone to write grants,” she said.
The sale will take place Sunday, August 17th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7304 Hanover NW in Albuquerque. For more information visit: http://irrva-com.webs.com/womensglobalpathways.htm.