Damaris is always so inspiring. This woman is so smart, articulate and wise. her role in the group is “Assistant Chair Lady” - she told us “sometimes they call me assistant chairMAN - but I like to the be the chairLADY.” Every year when I visit, Damaris has taken some course, or undertaken a new endeavour to better herself. One year she was caring for chickens and rabbits. Another year, she had taken courses in construction - painting, masonry and more - and had purchased a home where she could rent out rooms and be a landlady. She always works hard, continues to learn and is so wise with her budgeting and finances. She is married and has 5 children and 1 grandchild she supports. We asked her what her hope and dream was for her family - her response was profound…. “if uplift family, then uplift community; if uplift community then uplift Kenya; if uplift Kenya then uplift the whole world.”
Damaris helps with assembling the jewelry pieces. We asked her if there was anything she’d like to tell our customers. “I can do anything as long as it is good and helping community, and environmentally friendly.”
When we went this year to Kenya, instead of bringing items, my daughters had collected financial donations to purchase school supplies in Kenya to support local businesses. The artisans came with us to choose what their children needed most. Watching Damaris shop was mesmerizing - so much thought went into each item purchased as she considered the quality of each item, the cost of it, the necessity and more. Her kids were thrilled with what she selected - and Damaris was proud of her purchases.
Damaris always works to make a difference and help others. She is humble and hardworking. It is an honour to partner with this remarkable woman.