BIJOUBijou was only just 15 when her mother introduced her to KISANY. She quickly picked up the art of embroidery and joined Kisany’s team of women, alongside her mother. Even at such a young age, she was driven to help take care of her family and take control of her own life.Despite her full-time schedule in the Kisany workshop, Bijou was dedicated and continued her education. As she worked and learned, she grew in confidence and independence. Everyone on the team valued her work and her contribution at home was life changing for her parents and siblings. ‘At 17 I bought my own bed and mattress. It makes me feel capable and respected to purchase my own things and help buy things for home.’Kisany is very proud to have helped Bijou find her place in the community and realise her dream of graduating. She has just completed the Management and Development programme at the Higher Institute of Computer and Management in Goma. She is one of very few in her family or community to graduate from professional school. The course has taken 5 years to complete – her work at Kisany helped pay fees for the first 3 years and the Fund Ngangi provided financial assistance for her final two years.In parallel with school, Bijou continued to work and in 2014 she was asked to manage the social and educational component of Kisany, Ecole des Femmes. Whilst many of her peers struggled with unemployment, this management role at Kisany offered her invaluable experience and the opportunity to practice the theories she studied at school.Bijou not only graduated, but received outstanding results! She is a symbol of success, courage and determination for her family and the entire community. It doesn’t stop here – with Kisany’s support Bijou now hopes to work toward her Masters in Business Development! ‘In my experience, Kisany is the key to making my dreams my reality.’Congratulations Bijou!