Photo by Jenny Rasija of Razafindrabe Collections
Miora Clarah is an artisan working with Razafindrabe Collections, one of our inspiring artisan groups based out of Madagascar. It was a pleasure to learn more about her story and her perspective on motherhood. Take a look at her interview below!
My name is Miora Clarah. I am married and have two daughters. I am a weaver, I do crochet, and I have been doing this for around 10 years. I love what I am doing and it is quite satisfying for me: I can work and take care of my children at the same time because I work from home.
What does being a mother mean to you?
A mother has a very important role in a family. She takes care of her family and home. She is a sort of teacher that shows the way to her children. It’s very different from a father; she is the one that ties the family together.
How has working with Razafindrabe Collections and The Little Market impacted your life and your family’s life?
Working with them is a real joy to me, I quite enjoy working with them. Their system is very different, and I can really see that they take care of their artisans. I somehow sometimes struggle with keeping a budget, and Razafindrabe Collections allows us to have an advance on our salary so that I do not have debts toward other people; it’s really freeing.
Another thing is that, since we started working with The Little Market, my husband started to take the business seriously and started to be involved, to the point of helping me. He can even weave now which is incredible, it becomes a little family business.
Through all of that, our family got more tight and we all advance together in the same direction.
Furthermore, even my mom and sisters got involved … and we all now work for Razafindrabe Collections and The Little Market.
What is your favorite part of motherhood?
Being a mother is fun because I can choose what food I am going to cook, what I am going to buy for my house … well, I am very girly.
I also enjoy educating my kids because I could not finish my studies, so I fight for my children as long as I live and can.
What have your children taught you?
I enjoy listening to my kids’ stories and dreams; it teaches me how limited I am and also that I can do more in this life. They involuntarily teach me to persevere for them.
What is something you’d like to teach your children?
I would like to impart some wisdom to my children. What I mean by wisdom is their choices, to choose the path to a great life, something great that I haven’t had the chance to live. I would like to teach them how to behave well and treat people with respect.
I would love them to be fighters in life and finish their studies and be a model for us parents.
How has being a mother influenced your life?
Being a mother has made me more mature and less selfish I would say. I do not think of myself anymore, they become my priorities. Everything I do gravitates around them.
We loved hearing from Miora! To see our collection from artisans like Miora at Razafindrabe Collections, click here!
A special thank you to Miora, Jenny Rasija, and the Razafindrabe Collections team for contributing to our Mother’s Day series!