A R T I S A N M O N T H L Y H I G H L I G H T
MEET MARY CHENGO
What do you do at Imani Collective?
I mainly work at the cutting department in Mtepeni, but I help around in all other departments like washing wool and assisting in stuffing animals, cacti and doing final stitches on products.
What drew you to work for this company?
I was drawn to Imani Collective by the love I experienced through Jenny. Jenny didn't treat me with contempt regardless of our difference in culture and educational background, not to mention the language barrier. I was super excited when I learned that Imani Collective was a place that cared for women and that they trained people on sewing skills without charging them. I knew this was my chance to be taught something and make/do something for myself since I never had a chance to go to school at all.
What is something you’ve done/you’re doing that makes your proud?
Being able to reconstruct my house and changing the thatch roof with iron sheets. Greatest achievement!
What is your favorite food?
Ugali (which is almost kinda like corn bread) with chicken stew and greens on the side :)
Describe your ideal day:
Rise up early in the morning - go to market or stay at home relaxing, do house chores - after lunch perhaps visiting family - bond with kids in the evening
One last thing to live by,