Meet Komba. Like many in Sierra Leone, Komba was unable to attend school during the 10 year, Sierra Leonean Civil War. Instead, he learned the trade of tailoring through an apprenticeship, worked hard and was eventually able to rent his own space for a shop. Unfortunately, Komba’s landlord unexpectedly terminated his lease, leaving him no choice but to work under a vacant cramped staircase.
Komba, a longtime tailor of the Daramy family reached out to the Fatmata and Ismatu for a loan to purchase a work-space and equipment. The sisters immediately knew they wanted to assist him, but in a dignified manner.
They offered Komba an opportunity to exchange goods & services. The sisters provided him the capital he required to build his shop and purchase equipment. In return, Komba provided his tailoring services. This ignited the partner-artisan relationship & fundamental FASARI mission to empower local artisans in Sierra Leone.
Today, Komba’s business continues to flourish and he has employed four other local artisans to work in his shop.
Our partner-artisan relationships have blossomed into genuine friendships. The success of our Artisans is of the utmost importance to us. As FASARI grows, we hope to become a sustainable source of work and income for Komba, Ibrahim & many other Artisans in Sierra Leone.