Mama Aisha is a gifted seamstress and doll maker. Disabled as a young child from Polio, Mama Aisha struggled with feeling helpless and dependent on others throughout her life. Now she has found empowerment, purposeful work, and a loving community in an organization that employs deaf and disabled artisans in rural Tanzania.
Danford, a woodworker in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, has been with an organization that works with exclusively recycled and discarded materials for eight years. This married father of three (with two in school) loves his job and is interested in dhow wood from discarded dhow boats, which are traditional dugout canoes used for fishing and transportation along the East African coast, and other products. His job allows him to save for the future, send his children to school, and provide for his family.