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    Students copy down instructions during sewing class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The classes, which were started by Dory Richards Waxman, owner of Old Port Wool & Textile Co, are comprised mostly of immigrants and refugees, who are there to acquire the skills they need to be placed in jobs at local textile companies.

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    Instructor Giselle Larios, right, helps Odette Mosau with the pockets of her button-down shirt project during their sewing class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The classes, which were started by Dory Richards Waxman, owner of Old Port Wool & Textile Co, are comprised mostly of immigrants and refugees, who are there to acquire the skills they need to be placed in jobs at local textile companies. Mosau is originally from Democratic Republic of the Congo and has been living in Maine for two years.

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    Carine Kanyinda, center, listens to instructions during sewing class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The classes, which were started by Dory Richards Waxman, owner of Old Port Wool & Textile Co, are comprised mostly of immigrants and refugees, who are there to acquire the skills they need to be placed in jobs at local textile companies. Kanyinda is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has been living in Maine for two years.

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    A map on the wall of the classroom that has markers on all the places the students are from on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

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    Sewing class instructor Giselle Larios talks to the class about the construction of a women's button-down shirt, latest project, on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

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    Sewing class instructor Giselle Larios writes instructions for the class' latest and most complicated project yet, a women's button-down shirt, during class on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

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    Students during their sewing class in the Dana Warp Mill on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The classes, which were started by Dory Richards Waxman, owner of Old Port Wool & Textile Co, are comprised mostly of immigrants and refugees, who are there to acquire the skills they need to be placed in jobs at local textile companies.

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    Teacher Giselle Larios talks to student Mangudi Dasilva about her progress on the pockets for their latest project, a women's button-down shirt during sewing class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The classes, which were started by Dory Richards Waxman, owner of Old Port Wool & Textile Co, are comprised mostly of immigrants and refugees, who are there to acquire the skills they need to be placed in jobs at local textile companies. Dasilva is originally from Angola and has been living in Maine for two years.

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    Makenga Tshibwabwa works on pockets for their button-down shirt project at her station during sewing class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The classes, which were started by Dory Richards Waxman, owner of Old Port Wool & Textile Co, are comprised mostly of immigrants and refugees, who are there to acquire the skills they need to be placed in jobs at local textile companies. Tshibwabwa is originally from Democratic Republic of the Congo and moved to Maine seven months ago.

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    Margarida Keta works on the pockets for her button-down shirt project during their sewing class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Keta, like most of the students, is a new-Mainer from Angola.

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    Nicole Lukoki works on the pockets of a button down shirt during sewing class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The classes, which were started by Dory Richards Waxman, owner of Old Port Wool & Textile Co, are comprised mostly of immigrants and refugees, who are there to acquire the skills they need to be placed in jobs at local textile companies. Lukoki is originally from Angola and has been living in Maine for two years.

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    Students gather around their teacher Giselle Larios as she shows them how to make the pockets for their women's button-down shirts during their sewing class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The students, most of whom are refugees and immigrants, are on their ninth week of class and are on their most complex project yet.

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    Antonica Titau copies down notes about her class' latest sewing project , a women's button down shirt, their most complex project yet, during class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Titau, like most of the students, is a new-Mainer from Angola.

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    Miriama Malamu, center, and Anelka Nkembo, left, copy down the instructions for their latest sewing project as their teacher Giselle Larios writes them on the board at the beginning of class on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Malamu and Nkembo, like most of the students, are new Mainers. Malamu, who is from Angola, arrived in Maine two years ago and Nkembo, who is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, arrived in the state one year ago.

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