• It takes a village to raise a child


Ntara Adombila, weaver

Cooperative: Progressive Women's Association

Thanks for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a bit about you, your family and what is important to you in life.

My name is Ntara Adombila, I live at Yikine, a village in Bolgatanga the capital of the Upper East Region of Ghana. I am 60 years old; I have two boys and three girls. My husband died 15 years ago, leaving us in absolute poverty. None of my children are well educated.

What is important to me in life is to be self-reliant and to educate my grandchildren.

What percent of your income would say comes from weaving?

70 percent comes from weaving.

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

Farming during the wet season, and trading at the Bolga market.

What is the biggest challenge that you are currently facing?

The biggest challenge that I currently face is how to market my craft products in order to use the funds to educate my grandchildren.

What will you like to do with your future income?

To build a house and to finance my children’s education

What is your dream for your children?

My dream is to educate my children to be responsible in future.

If you could magically change just one thing about Africa, What would it be?

Change in our desire to know and understand our cultural values