Mother and Daughter Opened their Own Clothing Shop
Back in 2018, Sotuo was one of the participants in the very first class of the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women. It was a life-changing experience for her, igniting her passion for tailoring and empowering her with valuable skills.
As Sotuo honed her craftsmanship, she often found solace and joy in creating beautiful clothing at home, sharing her love for tailoring with her daughter, Tamtin. Tamtin admired her mother’s dedication and the magic she wove with each stitch. Inspired by Sotuo’s journey, Tamtin dreamt of becoming a talented tailor herself.
Tamtin, Sotuo’s daughter
Fast forward to 2022, Tamtin has grown into a skilled and ambitious young woman. Fueled by her determination to follow in her mother’s footsteps, she eagerly joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women. The program gave her the foundation to explore her passion further and refine her talents.
Last September 22, a date etched in their hearts, Sotuo and Tamtin embarked on an incredible adventure together. With their dreams intertwined, they proudly opened their small clothing shop in a commercial building. It was a magical moment where a mother’s legacy of passion and skill seamlessly passed to her daughter.
In their shop, colorful fabrics adorned the walls, and a rich tapestry of garments awaited the customers. From elegant shirts to cozy summer robes and warm winter attire, each piece bore the imprint of Sotuo and Tamtin’s dedication.
Running a business came with challenges, but Sotuo and Tamtin faced them with unwavering determination. The annual rent of RMB 15,000 (US$ 2,057) was a significant investment, but they saw the potential for growth and success in their venture. As time passed, their hard work and commitment paid off, and their net profit steadily grew, averaging around RMB 5,000 to 6,000 (US$ 686 – US$ 823)
Sotuo, Francine, Tamtin, Carrie
Beyond financial success, what truly warmed their hearts was the bond they shared as mother and daughter, working side by side to bring joy and beauty to their community. Sotuo’s guidance and Tamtin’s fresh perspective complemented each other, making their shop a special place filled with love and creativity.
Their shop became a hub of creativity, where Sotuo and Tamtin not only crafted garments but also cultivated connections with their customers. They took pride in offering personalized designs and understanding each individual’s unique preferences.
As the reputation of their shop spread, Tamtin’s dreams expanded beyond the village borders. She aspired to grow their business and open more shops in the surrounding villages. Together with her supportive mother, Sotuo, they dreamt of becoming renowned tailors, celebrated for their exceptional craftsmanship and the love they poured into every creation.
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