Lucy Wairimu Kimaru 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. She has now graduated to making the Enkiteng bags out of Kitenge fabric, as well as new products such as Kitenge knapsacks, shopping bags, wrap-skirts and other products made of Kitenge.
She lives in Nyeri, Kenya, with her husband and their daughter. Although she has been lucky enough to have her family encourage her to finish high school, she has found that she still has not had the same job opportunities as men in her community, and was never inspired to grow herself or her skill-set.
In addition to sewing in the Enkiteng Program, Lucy is renting a small farm, where she grows vegetables for her family and for sale on a market. She hopes to save enough money through hard work and the Seeds to Sew program to open up a baking business in Nyeri.
When asked what she would like to change about her community, she says she does not like the insecurity and that the unemployment is so high.