Dusabe
52
Basket Weaver
Rwanda

My name is Dusabe. I am 52 years old. I am a single mother with six children. I weave baskets in my cooperative. I never had the chance to go to school because my parents were not able to pay my school fees so they decided to pay only for my brothers and I stayed at home. I learned how to weave in 1998 through our neighbors before starting to weave. My life was so difficult because I was a farmer and my income was very little. I was not able to afford to support my family.
As a weaver I love working in my cooperative because it helps me smile and work in a team with other weavers. We help each other, and this helps me to improve my skills in weaving and in communication. Also, my income has increased from selling my baskets to All Across Africa. I am able to provide health insurance to all of my family, school fees for my children, and food and clothing. I have an account at the bank where I save some amount each month through the money I get from selling my baskets to All Across Africa. I plan to start a new business.
My dream is to one day build a big house for my family and see my children finish their studies in university. I am thankful to everyone who buys our baskets because he or she is helping us to solve our big problems and improve our lives.