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?
The Builsa people group in Fumbisi
How did you get to Tamale?
I was brought here by my sister
Why did you come here?
I was brought here to learn sewing
What is it like growing up in Fumbisi? Did you have the option to learn there?
I was schooling at Fumbisi and then decided to stop schooling to come to Tamale to learn to sew. I did not have the opportunity to learn sewing there.
Why did you leave school to sew?
I want to learn sewing so that I can help my mom and family.
Can you tell us about your family?
My father is a farmer and my mother does laundry for people. My brothers and sisters are in school. There are 10 in my family.
If you could say one thing to the person that sponsored your sewing, what would you say?
I want to say that you have done really well to sponsor me.