Maudrene holds a place of honor in this project. It is for her, her husband, Saul, and her 4 children that the project was started. This 58 year old woman and her family arrived in the Chelston community, just outside the capital city of Lusaka a week before the Murray family arrived in Zambia. The friendship between Tracy and Maudrene quickly grew into a tight bond as they struggled together to help their husbands grow the ailing church they had both come to serve. Both she and Tracy share a love for prayer and for needy children. They are also two women who never stop. Maudrene's skills as a midwife made her a much sought after nurse at the local government clinic. Still her skills were never compensated for and due to a lack of educational certification Maudrene was unable to get a job paying her for her level of competency. When Tracy saw this dear family struggling on Saul's' monthly salary of $250 that would come if there was enough in the offering and her meager compensation of $170/month she decided to begin the RecycloCraftz project.
Her early bags were much sought after by women in the States. Maudrene possessed the skills to crochet tight even stitches. Night after night her husband would fold and cut bags into strips so she could crochet them into beautiful new creations in her down time at the clinic.
Her determination paid off. She no longer crochets bags but has started raising and selling chickens. The last of her four children have finished their college education ( three of whom have taken part in the project, including her son Caleb, who made the original sling bags). But her small home remains full as she opens it to the children of her needy relatives or other orphaned young people to whom she is drawn. No monies she ever earns are kept for herself and her family. She has recently been promoted to a teacher/trainer for other nurses teaching maternal and infant nutrition to women in the rural areas of Zambia.