• It takes a village to raise a child


Nmabila Aniah, Weaver

Cooperative: Progressive Women's Association

Let us start with an introduction. Can you tell me your name, a little about you, where you live, your family, and what important to you in life?

My name is Nmabila I come from Zoko a village in the Bongo district of the Upper East region of Ghana. I am the only surviving member of my father and mother; so as part of the Gurune culture, I was made to stay in my father’s house and not to marry but give birth to children to sustain our family heritage. The important thing to me in life is to build a good relationship with any one I come across.

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

60% of my income comes from weaving.

What responsibilities do you have other than weaving?

I am engage in farming, training other women how to weave and take care of my children and that of other children in my community.

What is the biggest challenge that you are currently facing?

The biggest challenge facing me is ready and good market for the baskets I weave. Without that, I do not have enough income to educate my children.

What will you do with your future income?

In case I am blessed with any future income, I will like to educate children in my community to bring about future development of our village. I will also use it to campaign for equal rights of women in Bongo.

What is your dream for your children?

The dream for my children is to see them well educated, and fit well in the society and where ever the fine themselves.

Now, for the question that If you could magically change one thing about Africa; what will it be?

Africa is rich and it has resources; so I will like Africans to make use of their own resource and work hard to prevent poverty, disease, conflict etc.