• It takes a village to raise a child

    Nigeria

Esther Adaboro, weaver and activist

Cooperative: Progressive Women's Association

Hello. Can you tell us a little about yourself, who you are and what is important to you in life?

My name is Esther Adaboro, I am a mother of one boy. I am albino and due to my color coupled with traditional beliefs, many people discriminate against me. I am treated as an outcast by others in society. I had very little education; I stopped my education at Junior High school.

I live in Sumbrumgu, a village in Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. What is important to me in life is to go back to school and broaden my knowledge and to have power to educate my fellow human beings that “all human being are equal in the eyes of the lord no matter your color”. If that fails, I will like my only son to be educated to a high level to champion my idea educating others against discrimination.

What percent of your income would you say comes from weaving?

60 percent comes from weaving, but not regularly.

What responsibilities do you have other than weaving? (Family responsibilities, farming or other).

Taking care of my family, doing small trade, and being actively involved in the campaign against discrimination among the disabled in our society.

What is the biggest challenge that you are currently facing?

My greatest challenge is to get freedom from discrimination, which can happen when I am economically empowered.

What would you like to do with your future income?

I would like to build a house, save for the education of my children, the children of others and to finance societies that will champion the fight for equal rights and justice.

What is your dream for your children? My dream for my children is to educate them to a higher level of education. This will serve as bedrock to economic empowerment to me and my society.

If you could magically change just one thing about Africa, what would it be? Eradication of poverty, wars and diseases.