I love working at Neema as there are so many different people working here. It is also great to have learnt so many varied and diverse skills and I really enjoy making the flip flops in particular. I studied on the tailoring course at Neema in 2009 and then started work here soon after. I have fun with my friends, but we also work hard.
I went to the deaf primary school from the age of seven after becoming deaf at five. My father helped look for the school and I really liked it there. He died when I was still young but my mother continued to pay for my schooling. I passed my primary exams and then went on to secondary school. It was hard because in the mornings the teachers didn’t use any sign language and instead we had to learn to lip-read. However in the afternoons other teachers came in and we were taught with sign. I was really sad when I found out I had failed Form 4 and tried to go to another school to complete it. The teachers there though did not use any sign-language at all and I found it even harder than before. Having failed form 4 I can't teach at the deaf school in Iringa, but I would love to continue studying to fulfil my dream. Neema has helped me by giving me a good salary that I can save, so that one day I will be able to study again. I will continue to work and enjoy life until that becomes a reality.