MONIQUE’S STORYI was born in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1984. I am one of 8 brothers and sisters. After living through a violent war and rebellion, in 2002 my family lost everything in the volcano eruption. We had nothing, no house, no clothes, no money. I was 18 years old when I had to leave school and find work to support my family. I started training as an embroiderer with one of my mother’s friends. I worked hard and KISANY invited me to join their embroidery team.For 5 years I worked to support 8 people: my parents, 3 younger sisters, 2 brothers and myself. I helped my parents rebuild their home and I finished secondary school. In 2007, I got married and thanks to KISANY’s interest free loan program, I built a house on a plot that my husband purchased. Today we own our house, which is very uncommon in Goma.I love my work. I like to embroider and create items that people enjoy and use. It seems unreal that I sit here in Goma, in the middle of Africa, making bags sold throughout the world! Last year I attended a training on computers and learned how to search the web. I google some of the places where our work is sent. It is so exciting to think of my work being there!Work has given me the chance to make my own decisions, to become financially independent. KISANY has made me the woman I am, the education and professional training have opened my eyes. I now have 2 children and will have a third one soon. I have dreams too and I am working towards them. At the moment I attend school to become a professional tailor and maybe someday I’ll have my own workshop.Everyday I am thankful for my co-workers at KISANY, who always support me and helped me find confidence. KISANY made me realise that work and love can move mountains.