She is all dressed up. Her hair is braided and she is beautiful. She carries herself with grace and laughs heartily like most African women I know do. In her hand she carries her mobile phone. She is strong, confident and positive. Like most Zambian women she believes in a brighter future for her children. Anna plays a huge part in the production process at little Ndaba our partner for the Yawama Kids soft toy collection. She ensures that the other women who come to the Wednesday meetings get the training and the encouragement that they need and ensures that quality specifications have been addressed. She is also responsible for yarn distribution.
Anna has been knitting since the age of 6. Her mother was her inspiration. She lives with her husband Innocent, in small brick house that belongs to the pig farmer where her husband works. They have electricity and running water. They have 5 children. Her oldest child is 21 and her youngest child is 8. They own a deep freezer and a TV. Innocent has a steady income.
Prior to her involvement at Little Ndaba Anna tried to make a living knitting baby blankets and scarves. She would spend a great amount of time trying to market her product. Now she can spend more time knitting and leave the marketing part to little Ndaba. Most often she knits in the early hours of the morning or in the evenings in front of the TV. Every year she plants 1 ha of maize from which she harvests 20 bags of maize for her own family consumption.
With the extra income she makes Anna dreams of one day owning her own plot of land.