M E E T  D I C K E N S :

Name: Dickens Banda

Age: 32

Job title and description: YEWO manager and production artist

How many people/members of your family do you support with your YEWO salary?

"I support my wife, younger sister, and cousin every month"

Has the fact that you get a monthly salary changed your life in anyway? 

"I am now able to plan my life. My wife and I are now having our first child. I want to make sure we are able to find a good school, and have enough funds to live comfortably."

What is the best thing about working for YEWO? 

"A reliable salary, a comfortable workshop, and co-workers that have now become like family."

How has your job at YEWO changed you? 

"I lived in South Africa for a while, but decided to move back to Malawi because life was very tough down there. But when I moved back to my village I was not able to find a job, until starting work with YEWO where I've learned a new skill. This has now given me peace in my mind for the future."

What are you saving up for? 

"I am saving up for plastering our house, and of course saving for our new baby coming soon."

What are you most well know for at work:

"I think I am known for telling long stories!"

Do people in your community look up to you?

"I'm not sure but I think so. I think because I am having a job, not drinking, and being a responsible role model it can help others in my community have hope."