Epiphanie
54
Basket Weaver
Rwanda

My name is Epiphanie. I was born in 1960. I am married and have eight children. Only two of them attend school because the others finished secondary school. I stopped my studies when I was in primary school because my parents were not able to pay my schools fees. I learned how to weave baskets when I was 10 years old from our neighbors. It didn’t take me a long time to learn because I was committed and saw that it was the only way to improve my life and plan for my future.
My husband is a farmer and the income he gets is very little, but I don’t see any problem because it helps him satisfy our basics needs. With the money I get from selling my baskets to All Across Africa, we are able to pay health insurance for our family and schools fees for our children. We also have two goats. I am very proud of my job as a weaver. With the money I get from selling my baskets I am able to save some money in order to put into my savings account.
This year I plan to repair our house and install electricity. When I get power in my house I will be able to weave during the evening. I am hopeful that I will continue to pay the school fees for my children until they finish secondary school.
I am thankful to all of our customers for buying our baskets because they help us improve our lives. May God bless you all.