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Meet the Team

Gorettie

1. What is your role at Ndara?

I create products with my hands. My main skill is embroidery and that is how I joined Ndara. Ndara was developing a new product, a handbag made out of recycled sugar bags, and they needed someone to create the embroidery on the prototype. The other artisans were too busy with other productions to have time to test the embroidery, so I got a chance at joining the team and be a part of creating a new product. Since then, I have also started to produce some of the...


Omega

1. What is your role at Ndara?

I am a seamstress. I make all the products that we sell, but I am especially good at making clothes. Because I have a lot of training and experience in sewing I also help the women who are not as skilled as I am to become better at sewing. I help them to cut their patterns right, and how to use their sewing machines. I enjoy making little details on clothes; like an extra frill or a special pattern.

2. What does Ndara mean to you?

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Hervé

1. What is your role at Ndara?

I am a carpenter, so I work on the chopping boards. But I also help on building furniture: for the Ndara team to use, to sell in the boutique or for custom orders for clients.

2. What does Ndara mean to you?

Ndara made me learn so much. I had never made a chopping board before, and in all honesty I did not know the value of the detailed finishing that I was taught here. Ndara is my full time job, and this is how...


Nadia

1. What is your role at Ndara?

I crochet rugs, embroider and sew animals. As I am one of the first artisans that Ndara employed, I have a lot of experience now, so I train the new recruits. I show the other women how they can better the quality of their products by improving their techniques. I have also been a part of a lot of different Ndara projects; like indigo dyeing.

2. What does Ndara mean to you?

Ndara means I can take care of my family. It means I can make...


Benicia

1. What is your role at Ndara?

I am an artisan tailor so I help sew all the different products that Ndara offers. Most recently,I am the one who made the new version of the shopping bag that we recently launched; it's a larger tote bag made out of local pagne fabric that has an inner layer of plastic so that you can go to the market and buy fruit and vegetables without getting the fabric stained. We use recycled plastic for the inner layer, it was hard...