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Four projects get funds to help less-privileged

Published on Jul 3, 2014 10:01 AM
Ms Eileen Yap (standing), founder of online clothing store Noel Caleb, works with a team of home seamstresses in Singapore including (from left) Ms Mgui Choon Keow, Ms Jenny Tan, Ms Yvonne Ng and Ms Audrey Ti, in order to avoid dealing with unethical garment factories abroad. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Designer Eileen Yap has been given $10,000 to mentor those who also aspire to work in the fashion industry.

Her project is among the first four applications given seed funding this month under the North East Social Innovation Fund, which hopes to reach out to the less-privileged.

Ms Yap, 39, who founded local women's wear label Noel Caleb three years ago, said the money will pay for at least three people or groups to attend a 12-week programme to learn about fashion.

They can pick up skills in sewing, product development and sales, and will produce their own mini collection. Said Ms Yap: "There are people who maybe harbour dreams of going into fashion but face obstacles, such as the costs of such courses.

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