From Stella Nyathi, the talented and well organised Knit for Life manager in Zimbabwe. (Pictured on left).
I was born in Zimbabwe in Chirumadzu in the Midlands province into a family of 7; 4 girls and 3 boys (2 brothers lost to Tuberculosis).
I learnt knitting from my mother at the age of 12yrs, married at 18yrs, started working for a knitting company called Spiderweb trained in crotchet, embroidery, to be a checker quality control and to be able to train women from rural areas to earn a living on knitting. We exported our knitting to the UK. In 1998 the company closed due to financial problems. I met Mrs Lilly Ellis who trained me in baby wear and worked with her twin daughters founder members of Grasshopper [Now Knit for Life] since 2001.
I look after my husband, my 2 sons, my mother aged 74yrs who is now a cancer patient and my 2 sisters one is metal ill and my brother their 7 children who are doing their primary education.