M E E T  K E N N E D Y :

Name: Kennedy Mwbanga

Age: 27

Job title and description: YEWO manager and production artist

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

"I have a wife and a baby. I also support my in-laws plus four brothers."

What are you most well know for at work:

"I like to laugh a lot, also I think I am known for having a loud voice."

What is the best thing about working for YEWO? 

"I enjoy it because I’m being paid which means I can take care of my life, my wife and my family. My young brothers can come to me and I can support them as well. YEWO has taught me how to make handcrafts, before I didn’t know how to make earrings or necklaces, now I have a talent, so the skill of making things was hidden in me."

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

"It is great and very important. Because you know how much you are being paid, so you can make a plan, a budget for the thing you have to buy."

What do you want the YEWO customers to know?

"It is a matter of telling that we are proud to be makers of the jewelry, and we know and love our jobs. It should not be a story of Malawi as a poor country, because we love our country and we are proud of what we are doing."

How has your job at YEWO changed you? 

"Now I’m more responsible, I know how to do good things, and not doing bad things that will make me go to waste, but to do things that will make me improve."

Do people in your community look up to you? 

"Yes they look up to me and say: you have changed, now you are a really good person. Young people want to be like me and have ambitions."

Are your colleagues at YEWO important to you?

"They help me, if I’m stressed they help, they are the best people I’m with. I’m with them the whole day, they are people I can laugh with, the people who give me good advice as well."