As the eldest of seven children, Mary Mainza assumed responsibility for her four brothers and two sisters after the death of her parents. Although a skilled tailor, Mary’s job was insecure and her employer did not pay her regularly. And, when she was paid, her wages were low and as a result she was unable to meet her brothers’ school fees. Fortunately, at that point, HHI was able to help with the education costs. Indeed, the support HHI was able to offer did not stop there.
In 2013 Mary was given a sewing machine. She became self-employed and because of her reputation as a seamstress, her customers followed her.
Carole Nzila, the senior HHZ administrator, picks up the story…
‘Currently, she supports her four younger brothers at Pemba Secondary School and her sisters who are both at primary school. She is happy that her life has greatly improved since the time she benefited from being given a sewing machine. She is able to feed her two children aged 12 and 5 years old. On the income generated from the outfits, which depends on the response from customers, she is proud to state that in a month, she is able to make between K500.00 and K800.00.
The outfits that she makes include office attire, chitenge outfits for women and men -suitable for kitchen parties and wedding ceremonies, working suits, children’s wear, and much more.
She is very thankful to HHI for coming to her aid and is appealing for more support for other people who are currently in the situation she was before she was helped.’