BEATRICE BANDA is 52 years old, married, has five children ranging in age from 15 to 24, three stepchildren ages 27, 30 and 32 years old. She and her husband are also raising her 15-year-old niece and 12-year-old nephew who are double orphans. She attends the University Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She completed her education through grade nine and runs a katemba. Before RecycloCraftz she grew flowers for income and crushed stone. Stone crushing is an extremely hazardous job that requires the crusher to pound large pieces of stone into gravel. She no longer has to crush stone and instead sells tomatoes, fritters, vegetables and charcoal.
She taught artisans how to cut bags and crochet before she herself joined RecycloCraftz as an artisan. With a sponsorship she would be able to consistently provide for her family while working toward the goal of building a grocery storefront in her home. Her RecycloCraftz income allows her to pay for her children’s school fees. Her favorite thing to make is handbags.