Garnella

1. What is your role at Ndara?

I am a seamstress here at Ndara. I work on all the products, but I am extra good at the bags, pouches and the foldable baskets. I am also really fast at making bathrobes, especially the short sleeved model. One week a month, I manage the boutique, but I am an assistant at the moment. I don’t know how to read or write, so I can’t be responsible for the shop and make invoices - but I am learning!

2. What does Ndara mean to you?

Ndara is a group of women who work together to make their lives better. Ndara has helped me a lot. When I started to work for Ndara I did not own anything in my name. With my first paycheck I bought my own sewing machine so that I can sew at home, with my second paycheck I bought two pigs for my little farm. I have also bought my own piece of land. It is my income for Ndara that gives food to eat to my whole family.

3. What are your hopes for the future?

I want to become someone good. I am the only one in my family that works, and I want to continue to work and learn new skills so that I can help my family even more. I want to mean something to them. I also really hope my pigs will breed, so that I can sell them. One is pregnant, so Im praying for it to go well and for her not to be stolen before she has her babies.