Mary Wangui Mwangi is one of the seamstresses in our Enkiteng Program in Nyeri. She joined in summer 2012 and started learning how to sew by making Enkiteng bags (cloth gift wrapping bags) using donated fabric. She has now graduated to making the Enkiteng bags 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 the trainer teaching all other seamstresses how to make new products such as school uniforms and other products that they will be selling in Kenya, becoming independent seamstresses.
Mary lives in Kamuyu village in Nyeri county, Kenya. She lives with her husband and their 3 children.
Since sewing with Seeds to Sew, she has been able to help her husband pay for their children’s school fees, improving the quality of their life overall. As Mary has been learning business skills through the Seeds to Sew program, she has slowly begun operating a tailoring business and has sewed uniforms for attendees of a local primary school. Through hard work and savings, she hopes to buy her family land a home so they can finally settle down in their own place.
When asked what would she like to change in her community, she said she would like to see young people staying away from drugs.
“The Enkiteng sewing program has helped me so much! I am now able to contribute to our children’s education, and we are able to buy food and clothes.”
~ Mary Wangui Mwangi