“Expectations of me are low. I want to surprise those people.”

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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. 



How old are you?



Where are you from?



Why do you want to be a seamstress?

I’m learning to gain this skill so that I can prosper.


What’s your favorite proverb?

A dry branch will bud to surprise those who gather sticks.

When a tree is cut down and dry, nobody expects it to bud again because it’s not connected to a branch. But this proverb says that such a branch will bud to surprise others. So basically, what it means is that those people who don’t have expectations of me will be surprised by what I can do. Those who have lost hope in me, I will surprise them by what I can do.


Why do you like that proverb?

I like this proverb because expectations of me are low. People don’t expect much good from me. I want to surprise those people by exceeding their expectations.


What would you like to say to someone who sponsored your training?

I just want to say thank you for helping me to learn a skill. I want to say God bless them. 

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