Seamstress Spotlight: Lardi Piwala

Name: Lardi Piwala

Age: 40

Were you born in Tamale? If not, where are you from? I was not born in Tamale, I was born in Baras. It is near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. I moved to Tamale about 20 years ago because my husband was working here. 

What is your favorite part about living in Tamale? Many opportunities to sew for people. The food is good in Tamale. 

How many brothers and sisters do you have? I have one brother and four sisters.

Are you married? My husband has died. I have three children: Francis, Esther and Ibrahim. 

What is your favorite memory with your family? I love any time when I'm with my family. We talk about life and God.  

Did you go to school? I did not go to school, so I can't read.

What was your first job? I first sold Palm Oil. 

What do you enjoy most about sewing? That I have learned a trade. Being a seamstress makes me independent and it is good, especially when the Palm Oil doesn’t sell well. 

Has working with By Grace helped you and your family? I am able to buy food for my family. I am the only one who works and tries to care for my children. By Grace helps me with my problems. 

What is your favorite food? I like TZ with Ayoyo soup. 

What is your favorite quote, Bible verse or proverb? Why do you like that one? I like Isaiah and Jeremiah, books of the Bible. I like how they talk about God and it is sweet.

Do you have any prayer requests or praise reports? Pray that I would be able to continue to care for my children. 

What is your favorite song right now? The words are – God loves me so much, you know that He loves me so much. 

What is the best advice you ever received from someone? Someone told me when my husband died to give my hurts and cares to the Lord, give everything and He will do everything. 

Do you have a role model? Who and why/ how do they inspire you? Madam Lamisi. She is a good seamstress and provides for her family. 

What brings you joy? God. You may not know what you really need and yet God provides and that makes me happy.