Mary is a widow in her early fifties. Her husband died ten years ago leaving her with 4 children who are now 18, 17, 16 and 14. Three have completed their education and don’t live at home. Mary learned to use a knitting machine and was making sweaters for school children, however, the machine was not hers and the owner asked for it to be returned. Mary also learned to make floor mats with scrap fabrics. This provided a good income, but the market got flooded. Ten years ago Mary was in a bus accident that killed most of the passengers. She escaped alive, but lost her left leg, it was amputated just above the knee. Since that time her mobility has been severely limited and she was left to get about with crude wooden crutches.
After she joined the RecycloCraftz project Tracy took her to get prosthesis with funds from the handbag ministry. Although she has learned to walk with it, her fluctuating weight makes it difficult for her to use. Since she began making bags she is able to depend on a consistent income. It allows her to buy more food for her family and to pay for the transportation costs needed for her last born child to get to school.