Marylyse Bagoa

Marylyse Bagoa is a true creative mind. She has spent her life infusing her creativity and passion into everything she does. For the past 15 years she has been training herself in embroidery after taking a few first initial classes at a traditional women’s school in Bangui, where she learned different techniques of stitching and sewing.

Marylyse has also weathered the ups and down of life in the Central African Republic by holding on a to a strong belief that she can contribute to fostering change in her life and the country by making sure her children gets a good education, and by showing them that their mother works hard every day for a better life.

What is your role at Ndara?

I am a seamstress, and I mainly work on making rugs. This means choosing fabric and composition of colors, then braiding the fabric and stitching the braids together by hand to make rugs. I have also been involved in the experimentation with the indigo dye work that we have done.

What do you love most about your work?

I get to use my skills to support my children. I can take care of myself and be independent, I don’t have to depend on someone else. It makes me feel safer and stronger.

What are your goals in life?

I am 30 years old and as a mother of four, it’s important for me to create safety and stability for my children. My parents never had money to own a house, we always rented houses, and because we did not have enough money to pay rent we had to move often. I want to build a house for my children, with my own money. A house where my children always can come. A house that no one can take away from me.

Racey Henderson