Basket Weaver
3 children

My name is Jeanne and I am 29 years old. I live in the Byimana sector and grew up the oldest of six children. I am now married and have three children, one girl and two boys. I never had the chance to go to secondary school because my family was not able to pay the school fees. This broke my heart because I would see all of my friends going to school while I stayed home. After realizing there was no hope for me to go to school, I decided at the age of 14 to learn how to weave baskets from my mother. It didn’t take me long to learn because I was committed and knew it was the only way to plan for my future. Soon, I started generating income from selling my baskets and became a girl of value in my neighborhood and men started to chase after me. So, in 2002, I decided to get married. Even though we are not rich, I love my husband and we are able to satisfy the needs of the family. My dream is that our children can go to school, play, have food and live a normal life, something I didn’t have while growing up. The harmony and love within my family gives me hope that the future is going to be brighter for us and our children.