Sarah Frank has been anxious to learn tailoring for a long time. At 15 years old she has seen what the former NLF students have accomplished and she’s inspired to master the same skills. Sarah is the oldest of three children and lives at home with her mom and siblings. Her father passed away in 2017 and is dearly missed.
Neema Johnson lives in Kikuletwa with her uncle. She is 18 years old, has 4 brothers and 3 sisters who live in Singida with her parents. She came north to her uncle’s because life was very difficult in Singida. She was happy to discover Next Life Foundation. When she completes the tailoring course she wants to stay in the area to work so she can support her family back home.
Elizabeth Joshua would love to become a tailoring instructor. At 20 years old, she wasn’t doing anything at home so was excited to be accepted into the program at Next Life. She’s looking forward to learning how to make all kinds of different types of clothing.
Theresia Alphayo is from Shambarai but stays with family friends in Mbuguni while taking classes. This 17 year old randomly heard people talking about NLF so her father visited to inquire about our classes. Theresia lives with her four siblings and both parents who are livestock keepers, which means they probably own a cow or two and a few sheep or goats.
19 yr old Christina John comes all the way from Moshi. She is living with her step sister in Shambarai so she can attend NLF. This means she walks over an hour each morning and afternoon to attend class. Christina was visiting a friend in Mbuguni when she walked past our site. She stopped in to inquire about attending tailoring school.
Queen Zachary is 17 years old. Like almost all the other students at our vocational school, due to circumstances beyond her control, she could not continue school past 7th grade, or Standard 7. Her friends told her about Next Life Foundation. Her father passed away years ago so it’s just her mother and herself at home. Her mother has a very small business selling tomatoes.
21 year old Mwajuma Zuberi heard about Next Life from a neighbor of our site. Her grandfather, who she and her brother grew up with, came in the next day to check out the requirement for application. She would like to move to Arusha and open up her own tailoring shop.
Glory Lomayan is 17 years old and had been observing Next Life Foundation for about 4 months before being accepted into the tailoring class. She liked the quality of the work she’d seen the previous class put out and is enjoying learning how to sew. She attended Miembeni Primary School and has a long walk to class each day. Glory is the oldest of four children, who all live at home with their parents. They do some farming.
14 year old, Maureen Peter, lives with her mom, who has a small business, her father, who farms, two sisters and two brothers. She’s anxious to make a blue skirt in her tailoring class. Money was not available for school fees so Maureen was not able to attend secondary school after she finished Standard 7 (7th grade) at Mbuguni Primary School. Maureen’s favorite food is pilau. It’s rice cooked in stock with some vegetables added; somewhat similar to fried rice.
16 year old Zamzam Juma is the 2nd born in a family of three boys and 2 girls. They are all home with their parents doing farming. She knew some of the young ladies in the previous tailoring class and was impressed with their work. This inspired her to apply for the 2018-19 class. When asked who she would be most excited to make something special for she replied a “mzungu” (white person)!
17 year old Brenda Joel completed standard 7 (7th grade) at Miembeni Primary School. She lives at home with her younger brother and mother. Her mom supports the family by cooking at a small café. Brenda heard an announcement at her church that Next Life was taking applications for enrollment and came to inquire. She would like to become a designer one day and make a custom-made outfit for “Vanessa”, a famous singer in Tanzania.
Brenda Elisa is 18 years old and went to Oldeves Primary School through Standard 7 (7th grade). She is the second born in a family of three girls and two boys. They all live at home in Shambarai and do farming. Brenda walks about an hour to, and from, home to Next Life each day.
Glory Festo is 14 years old and the youngest of 4 children. She is the only child living at home with her mother. Her father passed away and the other children are living with aunts and uncles because Glory’s mother couldn’t afford to care for all of them. When Glory is finished with tailoring school she would like to live in the capital, Dar Es Salam.
Passing by the NLF site one day, Mery Apaeli, stopped in to talk to the director to ask if she would be able to join the next tailoring class. This 13 year old aspires to open her own tailoring shop when she completes her training. She is the youngest of 4 children and is often found doing chores at home. Her family has a small farm (less than an acre) and a few livestock.
15 year old Mariam Abubakari went to Ngarenaro Primary School in Arusha. She lived with extended family while there. Her father passed away so her family could no longer afford schooling for her. Mariam had always wanted to be a Christian but with a Muslim father the reality of staying in the family as a Christian was not good. Now that her father is gone she can profess her love of Christ freely. Mariam was elected as class representative when in school. She shows good leadership skills.
16 year old Editha Elisa is living with her Grandmother in Mbuguni while she attends tailoring classes at Next Life Foundation. Her mother and younger brother live in another village. Editha learned about NLF from an announcement at her church. Her favorite item to make, so far, has been school uniforms. Next Life tailoring students make uniforms for primary school students that are in danger of being expelled because they can’t afford the appropriate clothing.
Ivone Erasto is 16 years old and lives with her two sisters, one brother and grandparents about an hour walk from school. She has completed Standard 7 in the public school system. She is enjoying everything about tailoring. If she could make something special for anyone in the world she would make a skirt or dress for her mother, who lives and works in Arusha to provide for the family.
Halima Ismael is the second oldest, at 16 years old, among her five siblings. She lives in Mbuguni but would like to open her own business some day, somewhere other than her hometown. If she could make something special for herself, she would make a red dress. If she could make something special for someone else, she would make it for her younger brother.
Walking by the Next Life Foundation site peaked Grace Ezekiel’s curiosity about what was going on behind our gate! That’s how she came to be a tailoring student; her father came and talked to the staff to see about her enrollment. Grace lives about an hour walk away from the NLF school. She would like to learn more about the business end of tailoring and then someday teach the skill of sewing.
Nancy Elinami is 17 years old and heard about NLF from her friend who was already a tailoring student, Mariam. She really likes the challenge of sewing trousers. She looks forward to learning how to make the fun little ornamental extras, like bows and flowers, to spice up the garments she designs. Then she can make some special items for her younger sister, mother and grandmother. Someday, Nancy would like to open up a shop in the nearby city of Arusha.