They call her Anno and nothing is going to stop her from achieving her dreams. Tall and slender she shows up for work with a silent but fierce determination. Anno was taught to work hard at an early age, when her mother fell sick and she had to stop school and take care of her siblings. It was a hard time in Anno’s life, but it taught her to never give up. When she heard about Ndara she came to ask for an opportunity to learn. Without much experience in stitching she took on the challenge of learning with passion and dedication.
What is your role at Ndara?
I am the latest recruit and I’ve just started to learn how to stitch. I didn’t know how to stitch before so I’ve had to stitch several mats and then undo them so I get the right technique. It looks easy, but it isn’t. But, I’ve just finished my first mat. It’s orange and grey and I really like it.
What does Ndara mean to you?
It means I can pay for my school fees. I had to drop out of school when I was very young to care for my siblings, so I never finished. I am 20 years now, so it’s late, but I want to finish school. I really do. Learning to stitch and learning to sell gives me a possibility to go to school.
What are your goals for the future?
First get really good at stitching and making beautiful things so I can finish school. Then become a doctor. Then help a lot of people.