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19 years old
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Biography collected and written by Primo Luanda Bauma
Photo by Primo Luanda Bauma


I’m originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from where I was forced to flee, due to insecurity.

Even when I was just a kid, I could sew with a hand needle. In the Congo, I studied tailoring for 6 months. When I reached Dzaleka, I had nothing, and my life was very difficult. I went to a workshop, asking for an opportunity to learn tailoring, but the owner of the tailoring shop told me to give 100,000 MK. I didn’t have the money, and so he refused to take me. I felt discouraged. I felt shocked. I realised that I had no one to help or support me. My sister was suffering too, and life was really a torture to us.

After a month, I started doing small work like washing people’s clothes and ditches, even fetching water, as well as farming. In 2 years I managed to earn 75,000 MK. One of my neighbours was about to be resettled to Australia, so she sold me her sewing machine. I started practising what I had learned in the Congo, and in 2018 I started a sewing business out of my home. As of now I have a lot of customers. People in my neighbourhood know me as a tailor. I earn about 15,000 MK per month. I used to depend on my sister, but now I depend on my work. I am able to support my sister and her kids. Lack of sufficient equipment and materials remains my greatest weakness.

I’m interested in women’s fashion. In the future I would like to get a lot of training in fashion and design and become a big fashionista and designer. I also want to open my own tailoring shop in which I would be teaching other women and single mothers tailoring, fashion, and design. I advise my fellow youths to learn tailoring in order to be self-reliant. I ask donors, sponsors and people who have the heart to help to come in with finances to support refugees’ work and ideas.