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Artisan Spotlight: Daralneima

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Artisan Profile: Daralnemia

Daralneima is a We Made This artisan who has just celebrated her five-year anniversary of arriving the United States from her home country, Sudan. When she arrived with her eight children, she spoke three languages—her mother tongue, Masalit, as well as Arabic and Kiswahili—but no English. She is a tremendously motivated woman, however, and within just a few years she had attained English fluency. While attending the We Made This sewing training program, she began to use her language skills to interpret for other newly-arrived refugees from all over East Africa and the Middle East. She encouraged other students to make the most of the sewing program, as she did, by practicing their English, making friends with participants of other cultures, and engaging in the art therapy and shared meals that are components of the class. She graduated first the beginner level, and then the intermediate, going on to become a We Made This artisan who sewed the product line we sell to provide graduates with a supplementary income. She wanted to do more to help her family as she put her children through school, so she continued to work as a translator as well as pursuing full-time employment. This summer she attended a training hosted by one of our sewing employment partners, Wunderkin. They instructed the class on the very meticulous production of hand-sewn hair bows, and Daralneima’s craftsmanship stood out to the instructors so much so that they offered her a paid apprenticeship. She has since completed her training and sews the Wunderkin line full-time, earning a high hourly wage, and using her many talents to help orient other new refugee employees. She is truly an exemplary We Made This participant!