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The Story of Eduardo

Eduardo António is a 14-year-old boy who lives in the municipality of Cazenga with his parents.

When he was younger, Eduardo dreamed of going to a foreign country, in particular the United States of America, where he planned to study and have the opportunity to attend spaces designed to develop his technological skills. However, this did not happen due to the financial difficulties of paying for studies abroad.

From Dreams to Reality

At age 12, Eduardo discovered Fábrica de Sabão through his brother who was already part of the team.

Being Fábrica de Sabão, a place where innovation, creativity, transformation and entrepreneurship thrives, Eduardo obtained the tools to create and began to develop his techniques.

Since then, Eduardo started to participate in various courses such as computing, sketch-up and electronics. Later, he began to learn locksmithing, carpentry, architecture and hardware in the Makerspace – the workshop in Fábrica de Sabão, where materials such as iron, wood and plastic are worked. Little by little, the ideas in Eduardo’s mind become clearer and the young man gained more knowledge and discipline. His dreams started becoming true.

The Inspiration

In this two-year journey, two facts strongly marked Eduardo. First, in 2016, the presence of two Dutch professionals at Fábrica who taught him many techniques, and with whom he developed his knowledge in computer science, architecture and English. Second, in 2017, a Spanish couple’s visit who shared their techniques with Eduardo and the other graduates. These techniques consisted of welding, painting and transforming scrap, stones and wood residues into contemporary sculptures that are both unique and sustainable

The Trip

Due to his commitment and dedication, in 2018, Eduardo was chosen by the Spanish artists for a three-month internship in Spain. During his stay, Eduardo will have the opportunity to deepen his technical-artistic skills, learn a different reality and culture, and upon his return, share that knowledge with the rest of his group of trainees.

The internship consists of actively participating in the artistic season of the Spanish couple in its various stages, from the collection of materials, the process of idealization of the work, the production of the pieces including painting and the assembly of the exhibition and sale in specialized craft markets.

 

To carry out this trip, we will have the support of:

– Turtle Management SA, which dealt with Eduardo’s passport and travel insurance.

– The Embassy of Spain, which supported with the issuance of the Schengen visa.

– The artists Oscar and Clara Gallizia, who will provide lodging, food and accompaniment.

– Djembe Communications SA, which will follow up and spread the story on social media

Flaviana Mundanga

My name is Flaviana Mundanga, I’m 22 years old and I live in the municipality of Cazenga (Hoji-Ya-Henda neighborhood).

My story of arriving at Fábrica de Sabão started with the help of my Uncle Jorge, who already worked at Fábrica. I always asked him for help in getting a job because I was not doing anything. Due to my persistence, my uncle made a request to Mrs. Nicol, and one week later she called me to Fábrica.

It was the beautiful year of 2016 when it all happened. I was the last person to join the group of 8 women who worked at  MakerMulheres, but I initially started at the MakerSpace.

By just breathing the air of Fábrica de Sabão, I began to gain experience but there was a phase where I unfortunately stopped working. At least, my works (jewelry), made with great love and signed with my name, drowned a little of the sadness of bidding farewell to Fábrica. Sometimes it was hard to stop the tears, my heart was tight because I wanted to do my work again so badly. Three months had gone by at home.

In September of the same year (2016), the party arrived. Yes, the Fábrica de Sabão party was also my party, since my return to Fábrica happened exactly when the Feast of Fábrica happened. I was called to be the Juice Bar attendant, working with Augusta, making natural juices. Ah! It was a busy day … Fábrica de Sabão was our house, being prepared to receive numerous visits.

Okay, the party was a success. As the old saying goes: “after the storm comes a calm.” Unfortunately, to me this saying seems to be applicable in reverse, at least at the time following the party. Well, that job was just something temporary, after this memorable party I went back to staying at home.

In January 2017, I was called again. This time, I started working on the fascinating world of natural juices, that is, I was already at Juice Bar. I was curious to learn how to make sweet juice, but without sugar! In a short period of time, Augusta gave me a lot of experience, including juice names.

Fábrica de Sabão is like a mother to me. It helped to pay for my education and to support my family. It has made me a better woman. In addition to jewelry with recycled materials and natural juices, I also learned how to deal with customers, gained experience of the juice market, learned how to attract customers, most importantly, I gained a new profession.

In a few more years, I want to become an entrepreneur, open a company of my own and spread the good example carried out by Fábrica de Sabão: giving opportunities and providing education for those in need, this way Fábrica will be able to change the community and in the future, why not the world?

Now, the correct order of the old saying can be used: “after the storm comes a calm.”

Carla Francisco Aguiar

My name is Carla Francisco Aguiar, I am 26 years old and I live with my parents. Before I came to know about Fábrica de Sabão, I had a very complicated life. I was not working and I spent my life looking for a job,but could not find one. Many times, I cried because I did not have anything to help my family with. Since I take care of my daughter alone and could not get a job, my daughter sometimes had to be without diapers.

I therefore reflected a lot on life, I thought about what to do to find a way out of this maze that consumed my life. Because I knew how to take care of my hair, I then started braiding my neighbours’ hair, and charged some money for it. That is the only way I could provide for my daughter. However, it was no solution in the truest sense of the word. What my neighbours paid me for braiding their hair was still not enough, it was almost nothing … I was still living in the worst moments of my life.

The “green light” came on July 18, 2016 – this date will never leave my head! It is the date when I started my journey with Fábrica de Sabão.

I had my first contact with Fábrica de Sabão on July the 18th through an aunt. She told me that Fábrica was giving courses. The next day, I went there and spoke with the person in charge, who was Sorge, so that I could also take part in the course, from there I started the Computer Science course.

Fábrica de Sabão for me represents the solution to my problems, because it is my first job and allows me to help my family.

What interests me the most at Fábrica de Sabão is the Kamba Space, the first time I saw it, I loved it a lot as it is one of the most beautiful spaces at Fábrica! I’m not saying this because I work there, but because I find the space very interesting.

I have learned many things at Fábrica, starting with the computer room, I learned how to work with computers, and today, I already know how to do schoolwork, business cards, and other things. At lunchtime, I go to the MakerMulheres to learn a little about what they do.

Since I started working at Fábrica de Sabão, a lot in my life has changed. Today, I expect nothing from anyone to give to me or my daughter. Before I depended on my parents, but now I depend on me. Thank God that today I have a good job, which has changed my life for the better. God is wonderful …

The things I gained at Fábrica de Sabão are countless. First of all, I have a very good boss, excellent colleagues and most of all I am thankful for being the manager of the Kamba Space where I gained my work experience.

My main memories at Fábrica de Sabão are centered in the IT room and the Angolan Company for Project Development (EADP) … I’ve met people full of talent in these rooms.

Now, my life is good, because I have a salary and I can take better care of my daughter. I don’t cry anymore, nor do I think enough about the difficulty of life, because every month I have money to take good care of my firstborn.