In the past, I would depend on my husband for food and other items in the house. Now I don’t do that anymore. I had no shoes and suffered from jiggers, but that’s now all in the past. I used to sleep in a nyakatsi (thatched house), but that is in the past. I used to sleep on amashara (dried banana leaves), now I sleep on a mattress. I didn’t look good, but now I do. This means that, if we got more people buying our products we can look even better.
I moved to the area, and didn’t know how to weave. So I joined the group and learnt to weave. Once I started earning money, I bought a pig. Thanks to the income from weaving, I now has two pigs, a cow, a goat and chickens.
I joined this weaving group because I was unable to buys school books, and pens. Or 100 Rwanda francs on a haircut, as my school demanded. Since earning my own money, I am able to afford a lot of things without bothering my parents. My advice to students is that, it’s good to learn new skills – whatever that’s may be, because you can earn money and are less dependant on your parents.
I’m a single mother earning my own money. I don’t need to depend on anyone anymore. My main concern is that I can’t apply for loans because the market for the products is not high enough. I’m worried I wouldn’t be able to afford to pay back the loans.
I wish to thank all who promote promote the work we do, because it has improved my way of living. I’m really grateful continuous support.