Anastaciah Wangeci Maina is one of the seamstresses in our Enkiteng Program in Nyeri. She joined the sewing program in summer 2015 and started learning how to sew by making Enkiteng bags (cloth gift wrapping bags) using donated fabric. In addition to the Enkiteng bags from donated fabric, she is also making them out of Kitenge fabric, as well as new products such as Kitenge knapsacks, headbands and scrunchies and kitenge-burlap wine bags. She will also be learning how to make new products such as school uniforms and other products that they will be selling in Kenya, becoming independent seamstresses.
Anastaciah lives in Kandara, Nyeri County, Kenya, with her husband and their child. She did not have the opportunity to enter high school due to a separated family, finances and traditional customs. Due to her lack of education, she has not had the opportunity to gain many skills.
In addition to the income she gets from the Enkiteng Program, she does laundry and housework in her community in order to make additional income. Through the Seeds to Sew program, she has learned a number of business skills. While she plans to continue to grow her family, she would like to open a secondhand store downtown. She hopes to provide her children with a better life than she had. Currently, they live in a rental, she would like to save up money to buy land and build a nice house for the family to live in.
“The Enkiteng sewing program has helped me a lot – I am now able to buy food for my family, and also help my mother who separated from my dad.”
~ Anastaciah Wangeci Maina