Xavera is the boss of all of us and her extreme drive makes her one of the hardest working ladies here. Her voice cracks when she talks about No.41. She says it is helping her to resolve many problems at home and she is happy to earn a stable income and be surrounded by her sisters. She knows that her children feel so proud of the work she is doing and that means everything to her.
Sweet Vestine is equal parts shy and sassy; there is some onry behind that beautiful grin, to be sure. Vestine is 30-years old, a wife, and mother of two girls. She loves her job at No.41 and says she was happy to find the women working as a family and thankful to be welcomed in. Sewing new products and learning new techniques, business classes, and meeting many different people have widened her mind; it strengthens her and makes her work very hard and happy.
Patrice, though shy and soft-spoken, has a warm and welcoming spirit and just feels….like home. She has a five-year-old daughter. Patrice loves No.41 and is so thankful that she is now able to meet her needs for food, clothing and shoes.
It is nearly impossible to run into Geretulde without her trademark smile or a funny face and her enthusiasm and zest of life is contagious. Geretulde loves No.41 so much. She is happy because she has learned many new things, about sewing and about her life; she says it strengthens her so much and she works happily knowing she helps herself and others. She wishes her work to be perfect so she can sell even more.
Sweet Solange is a woman of many smiles and few words. She says No.41 is an answered prayer; she has learned many new things about sewing, and business, and also her life. Interacting with many different people has widened her mind and she has found money for solving her problems at home. She is thankful for customers who buy her bags that support her family and community.
"Before I had No.41 I was having to change jobs and I worked too hard to feed my family, pay my school fees, and pay rent; it was a struggle to survive. When I arrived at No.41 my life changed. I have known more people through No.41, and many people now know me. My brain has been widened, I have learned how to work hard, interact with other people and my English is improving daily. Through my work at No.41 my confidence has greatly increased, before I did not know how to interact with people, I did not know what it was to feel confidence around people.