INTERVIEW: Williams Azoa
I am 22 years of age. I finished junior high school and could not continue due to financial constraints.
I am married and my wife gave birth to one child in late 2010.
Until now I have done carpentry and joining but I didn’t get paid for that so I didn’t earn any money. I didn’t have any source of income.
Making recycled baskets for G-lish has helped a lot. I’ve been able to buy my clothes and also my food at the workplace. I was also able to buy a brand new bicycle with the income from 6 baskets. We do not have any vehicle so this is a big help for my family and I to go to town and market. And I am also able to buy small things for my room.
I am helping 8 of my family members with this work.
The thing I need most is financial assistance to start my business. I don’t get paid in my apprenticeship and I don’t get any chop money (money to buy lunch or food). I want to get well established as a carpenter and the baskets help me cover expenses for this.
I’ve been weaving baskets for 10 years. The recycled baskets are more beautiful than traditional ones, but they are very difficult to weave.
The trees I would like most are plantain and mango, for food and shade.
I thank our customers for their patronage, I wish to appeal to them to continue to buy and tell us what styles they like.