Maria
42
Rwanda
Basket Weaver
Married
5 children

My name is Maria and I am 42 years old. My husband and I have five children, all of whom are in school. I learned to weave when I was 15 years old from my neighbor. Before I started weaving for All Across Africa I had a miserable life with my family because every day was a struggle to get food. But now I am able to buy food and clothes for my family and pay for school fees and medical insurance. We are happy because our lives were changed. I also have a personal bank account and have started to save a portion of my income. My dream is to see all of my children finish their studies in university and to build a good house for my family.