Enjoying fruits of hard work, determination and commitment-the story of 56 year old Jane Wanjiru

“I never dreamt that one day I will become a tailor. Life challenges made me assess myself and realized that I wanted to engage in cloth sewing business. My journey into the sewing realm started in 2012 and it took me long enough to get where I wanted to be.

I graduated from Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika in 2016 after 4 years of tailoring training. Despite my age, I used to walk about 8 kilometers daily to attend classes at jitokeze center. I was committed and I had passion to learn and there after establish my sewing business. Jitokeze was not my first tailoring school to attend because I had enrolled in another school but later decide to transfer due to personal reasons.

I acquired a lot of skills while at jitokeze with the intention of implementing them. I know I have not done as much as I would have liked but I am somewhere. I run my business every day for 6 hours and spent the remaining time feeding my chickens, cows and attending to my farm. Even with this I get around 500 shillings daily which goes to home expenses and part of it goes into my weekly savings. My customers know where I live and when they find my shop closed, they bring their cloths to my place.

Despite being a tailor, I still visit other tailors shops to learn whenever I face challenges. I have learnt that fashion trends keep changing and I have to be well versed to continue in this industry. It is also important to know that without inner drive and commitment, it is not possible to achieve anything. I had the desire and commitment and Jitokeze held my hand and that is why I am where I am today”





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