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Talented Somali girl quits cleaning job and takes up photography – Radio Ergo

(ERGO) – Nasteho Omar Ibrahim, a divorced mother of five, gave up her cleaning job where the employer abused her to become the first female photographer to earn a living in Mogadishu’s Benadir Park, taking photos of the city’s residents on holiday.

After training in photography and videography at the local Guryo-samo family center in the Somali capital for three months, Nasteho bought a camera with $1,600 donated by her relatives and embarked on her new career. professional.

“Many people come to visit this park in the evenings and on weekends. Mothers come with their children to this park and take pictures with them, and there are days when I make $30 to $40 just taking pictures,” she happily said.

It’s a far cry from the grim job she took on as a cleaner at a local restaurant for six dollars a day after her husband left. She worked from early morning until late at night, facing verbal abuse and pay cuts for accidentally breaking a plate or using too much laundry soap.

“I was very pregnant with my youngest child towards the end of last year, so there were days when I used to reach my place of work late in the morning. The owner used to yell at me for being late when he showed up for work when he wasn’t feeling well. That’s when I decided to stop cleaning,” she said.

Nasteho told Radio Ergo that her mother takes care of the children while she is at work, usually around four hours a day. She charges a dollar for three photos on normal days, and during festivals she raises the price to a dollar per photo.

She managed to enroll two of her children in a local boarding school in July after saving the monthly tuition fees of $30 for both and also paying the house rent of $80.

“I’m happy with this job because it’s not as exhausting as the cleaning job. After I quit cleaning, I looked for better jobs, but couldn’t find any. I am grateful to God for learning this skill, which now helps me tremendously in supporting my family. I am very satisfied with my work as a photographer!” she stated.

She hasn’t yet managed to buy her own tripod and other equipment, so she borrows from a colleague when recording wedding videos.

“When women come to take pictures at the park, they look for me because I am the only female photographer here. However, my male colleagues respect me and support me in my work. Sometimes they refer their female clients to me when I don’t have any clients,” she said.

Nasteho completed the photo and video skills training with a group of 60 women, others of whom may be inspired by his leadership.