Sewing to reconnect with the job.
To the question "what work would you like to do in France?", The refugees hosted in the center for asylum seekers in the Lyon region mostly answered "sewing". This recurrence pushed Flora Vidal-Marron, then aged 22, to create the association "Tissu Solidaire".
In the center of Lyon, she organizes bi-weekly sewing workshops, where migrants and French people mix. Around the sewing machines, links are created, discussions are formed, we get to know each other. The sale of the achievements in cloth makes possible to finance recreational activities : museum, dinners in restaurant... For some of them it's the first time! Since then, over 300 workshops have been held, bringing together more than 500 different participants and promoting their integration.
Today, the association wants to go further by offering a career path: training in professional sewing, French language and business courses, support for employment. Twelve refugees constitute the first class of this vocational integration program.
TEXT BY ANNE BIDEAULT
+ photographs of Tissu Solidaire