Maneno
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Maneno

I have learnt so many skills since working at Neema. I started in the paper workshop first, then I moved to designing and making batiks. Since then I have made beads from recycled bottles, designed and created pots in the ceramics workshop and currently I am working in the woodwork department. I have really enjoyed learning all these skills and love working at Neema Crafts.

I became deaf when I was eight years old. I was enrolled at a deaf school at the age of ten, and this is where I learnt sign language. I received a good education there and managed to pass my primary school exams. Unfortunately I couldn't study at secondary school for long as my parents could not afford to keep paying the fees. So I started at Neema in 2007 and it was great! I love it here as I have so many friends. I also have a good income, which I use to help support members of my family particularly my brother who became blind a few years ago. He lives with me, so I help him as much as I can. I am also saving money to get married soon. In the future, I hope to use my skills to maybe set up a small wood workshop to help mend and make different things but we have to see what God wishes.