This Mother’s Day, we teamed up with Deirdre King, of Indego Africa, to celebrate hardworking mamas everywhere. Read on for a handful of reasons why the company’s artisans are so appreciated straight from the mouths of their grateful children!
Ninety-one percent of the women we work with in Rwanda and Ghana are mothers. We couldn’t be prouder to support these amazing ladies as they strive to provide for their families and create brighter futures for their children! That’s why we interviewed the children of some of our amazing artisan partners in Rwanda. We wanted to hear directly from kids themselves about what they love the most about their moms. Who better to speak to the inspiring work ethic of these mamas than their own children?
What does your mom do for work?
“My mom is a weaver and she’s really good at it! She doesn’t rest until she finishes the product, and that makes me feel proud.” – David, 14 (Mom: Anatalie, weaver at Covanya cooperative)
“My mom likes weaving because she is able to buy clothes, food and school materials for our family with the money she earns. She taught me how to weave and now we make baskets together.” – Emeline, 10 (Mom: weaver at Twiyubake cooperative)
How does it make you feel to see your mom working?
“It makes me so happy to see my mom embroidering. She is a very hardworking woman. Our neighbors always say that I should be proud to be a boy of such a mother.” – Anastaze, 14 (Mom: Esperance, embroiderer at Ibaba cooperative)
“My mom loves me so much, and I am proud of her, too. It makes me feel happy to see my mom working because I like to learn from her and weave, too.” – Pheline, 10 (Mom: weaver at Twiyubake cooperative)
What makes your mom happy?
“The one thing that I know makes my mom happy is to see her daughter happy. I like the way she cares for the whole family and lives in harmony with our entire neighborhood. I am proud to be the daughter of such a helpful and friendly woman.” – Madeleine, 15 (Mom: Dative, embroiderer at Ibaba cooperative)
What do you love the most about your mom? What makes you proud of her?
“My mom is beautiful and caring, and both of those things make me proud. When I grow up, I want to learn how to embroider just like my mom.” – Rosine, 12 (Mom: Donath, embroiderer at Ibaba cooperative)
“The most important thing that my mom has taught me is reading. She works hard and is preparing me to be a good teacher.” – Francine, 13 (Mom: Pelagie, embroiderer at Ibaba cooperative)
“The thing that makes me most proud of my mom is that she works hard and is able to pay the school fees for her children. I know other children who miss class because their parents can’t afford their school fees, but my mom takes care of me and gives me the opportunity to learn.” – Faustin, 13 (Mom: weaver at Twiyubake cooperative)
“I am proud of my mom because she provides for our family and always teaches me new things. She is the one who has helped me attend school.” – Patrick, 15 (Mom: Claudine, weaver at Imirasire cooperative)
“My mom is humble, helpful, beautiful and wise. She has taught me a lot of things, but learning how to read has been the most important.” – Justin, 10 (Mom: Mediatrice, weaver at Imirasire cooperative)
“I am proud of my mom because she works hard to be able to feed us and care for us at home, and that is inspiring. When I grow up, I will be a pilot. I want to become the first female aircraft pilot in my province.” – Benitha, 13 (Mom: Donatha, weaver at Imirasire cooperative)
“When it comes to my mom, there is nothing I am not proud of.” – Izeriyaremye, 11 (Mom: Jacqueline, embroiderer at Ibaba cooperative)