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?
I don't know
Can you tell us about your family?
My father and mother are both farmers. There are just over 10 in my family.
Why do you want to be a seamstress?
So that in the future I can look after my parents and myself
What are the other options if you weren’t sewing?
I could have tried to sell things. Or tried to be a hair dresser. That is all.
Why did you choose sewing?
This is what I love
What is something your mother told you?
My mother told me I should focus on what I’m doing and not get distracted by any other thing. I should focus on what I’m learning.
If you could say one thing to the person that paid for your training, what would you say?
I would say that I’m very grateful to them.