At One Colour we believe it is important to know who is part of the process..
Esther works with Viva Africa at the Bedi Investments Nakuru production facility in Kenya. She has been with Viva Africa for many years and manages production on the floor you see pictured, left. It is always a joy to see Esther, as you can see by her smile!
Is is with deep sadness that we share with you that Mary passed on late last year. We will leave her profile up in honour of her wonderful contribution as a woman, mother, knitter and human being. You can read a tribute to Mary in our Journal entry in December 2015.
This is Mary and her son Anthony, she is one of the many amazing mothers behind Kenana Knitters Ltd. who makes wonderful products for us. You can also find out more at Kenana Down Under on facebook.
What do you do?
I work at Kenana Knitters during the day (training the ladies on new patterns and techniques and making hand knitted toys) from Monday to Friday, in the evening I take care of my family, cooking, cleaning and ensuring they are all safely in bed and asleep. Once they are asleep I do some knitting work to earn some extra money on top of my wage.
Where do you live?
I live in a place called Kisima, in Njoro in Kenyas Rift Valley, I live in a rented semi permanent house with 2 rooms and a sitting room. It is about 3 kilometers from the workshop and takes about 45 mins to walk to work.
What inspires you every day?
Having a place to go to work where I can earn a living enabling me to take care of my children, feed them and offer them a good education in a school.
Can you share the best piece of advice you have been given?
It came from my Doctor when he told me I was HIV positive, he said I must accept myself the way I am and this would help me to stay fit and live long in order to look after my children.