Saidi was born in 1993 in Dodoma, a city 400km West of Dar Es Salaam. A 7 hour drive, the main highway connects the two cities, passing through a national game park; Mikumi. Here its best to keep your eyes peeled for any of the magnificent wild life you may be lucky enough to see.
Saidi’s childhood was spent with his Mother. When he was old enough for school he went to live with his Father in a city called Iringa. He stayed in school until 10th grade when his Father passed away and he left to go and live with his Mother. He stopped high school and began a vocational course in electronic engineering.
Saidi’s reason for working with Moyo Moyo is because he is part of a team of friends who all have common goals. They are able to work together to make and sell bags and to help Moyo Moyo grow. The money he makes he saves for his school fees and buying school materials like his uniform and laptop. Once he has saved enough, he will pay for his next year of college.
In his free time, Saidi volunteers at a women’s empowerment NGO which is where we met several years ago. He teaches young girls from the slums of Dar Es Salaam who have fallen out of the education system. As well as English, health and hygiene, he assists with vocational skills such as sewing and making soap, for the girls to be able to earn an income.