“I want to be a seamstress so that one day I can sew my own dress”

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The By Grace Foundation is a female founded 501(c)(3) nonprofit that sponsors the training and education of women in impoverished communities.

In Ghana, By Grace sponsors technical training, specifically sewing, for women without the means to afford it. Becoming a seamstress is a highly regarded profession, and By Grace sponsors training so that women are equipped to become entrepreneurs and stop the cycle of generational poverty in their families.

These are their stories. 

 

Rafia

How old are you?

19 years old

 

Have you gone to school?

No

 

Can you tell us about your family?

My father is a teacher. My mother is a petty trader. There are about ten in the whole family.

 

How did you meet Madam Lamisi?

I was working as an apprentice and learning hair dressing. It wasn’t very affective, so somebody recommended that I go see Madam Lamisi.

 

Why do you want to be a seamstress?

I want to be a seamstress so that one day I can sew my own dress, or benefit by sewing other people’s dresses.

 

What do you like about living in Tamale?

I like the way of life.

 

Why did you decide to come to Tamale instead of staying in the village with your family?

I just loved the idea of learning in town.

 

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