Dancilla
40
Basket Weaver
Rwanda

My name is Dancilla. I am 40 years old. I am now married and have three children. I am the first born in a family of four children. I stopped my studies when I finished primary school because my parents were unemployed and could not afford my education. I learned how to weave in 2005 through training from Kigali city before starting to weave baskets. I lived a miserable life with my family because my husband and I didn’t have a stable job so our income was very little. It was a big problem to afford our basic needs.
Now I weave and sell my baskets to All Across Africa and I am able to provide more income for my family. Although life is hard in the city, the money I get from selling my baskets enables us to survive. I am able to pay school fees for my children, pay the rent for our house, and other important basic needs in order to meet my goals. I save a little money every week in my saving account. So far I have saved 2000 Rwf and I plan to open a small business as soon as possible with the money. I still have hope that my future will be bright. My greatest dream is to see all my children finish their studies in university and build my own house. I am thankful to our customers who buy our baskets because they help us to improve our life.