St. Mary's Bank Supports Business and Health Education

St. Mary's Bank in Manchester  is giving a grant to Rubia-Sewing Confidence aimed at empowering refugee and immigrant women with health information and business development skills.

 “We help resettled refugees and immigrants learn critical skills through hands-on practical application of income generating strategies and promote women’s empowerment through income generation from the sale of their handwork.” explained Thandi Tshabangu-Soko, Program Director. “We provide classes in hand and machine sewing techniques, product design, financial literacy, and cooperative business development.”

The program not only offers sewing skills and business development strategies, but includes environmental health awareness and health promotion discussions.
“As they transition into a new environment, they and their families, are sometimes faced with new health challenges ranging from environmental exposures to changing diet and  physical activity levels” said Tshabangu-Soko.

The grant from St. Mary’s Bank will provide teachers in health promotion, environmental awareness, and cooperative business development as well as interpreters to accommodate students’ needs.

“The women benefiting from this program face many challenges as they work to become productive, engaged members of the Greater Manchester community,” said Tom Champagne, St. Mary’s Bank Director of Community Outreach. “We are pleased that our support will help them learn many of important skills they’ll need to meet these challenges.”

About St. Mary’s Bank
Founded in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1908, St. Mary’s Bank is the first credit union in the nation.  It makes progressive financial products and services available and affordable to consumers and businesses. Members enjoy excellent service, competitive rates, low fees and state-of-the-art banking services. Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, St. Mary’s Bank has locations in Manchester, Hudson, Londonderry, Milford, Nashua and Concord. Call 1-888-786-2791 or visit for more information.