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"I didn't learn sign language for six years after losing my hearing
because I did not know anyone else who was deaf. I only started
learning it when I came to Neema Crafts in 2007. My fiancé had
left me with 2 small children and I came to Iringa to live with my brother.
I completed my primary school education but my parents could not afford to pay for me to go to secondary school. I found a job in Dar Es Salaam washing up plates but then everything changed in 2001, and my life became really tough. I couldn't find any more work and I it wasn't until I applied for a job at Neema Crafts that things improved. I really love my job. I continue to learn sign language and now I can communicate with others around me. It’s wonderful that now I can support my family."
You can read Zawadi's story and how Neema Crafts has made a difference to her life here.
Dotty Leaf screen printed cushion. It has a plain fabric back with a concealed zip. Screen printing is both time consuming and requires a great deal of skill. Our artisans have to train for three months before they start to work on our designs.
Please be aware the because of the handmade nature of the product, the design and colours may vary slightly from the image shown
All our items are hand made by people with disabilities in Tanzania and all profit goes back to supporting them. You can read their stories at www.neemacrafts.com.