Meet Josua N.

  • Used to sew jeans for an imitation shop.

Josua is one of the leaders in his small community on Cebu Island. He is in his fifties and lives with six kids in the house. Two of his children are already married. One is supported in her studies and the other is working at a government building as a canteen worker. He has only completed two years of high school which is why it has been difficult for him to find permanent work, even though he is a leader in his community.

He knows how to sew because he used to sew blue jeans for an illegal imitation blue jean operation. However, he lost his job when the company was discovered and shut down.

Prior to working in Ginapadala’s livelihood project, Josua had many fights with his wife over financial issues. Now he is able to feed his family!

  • How he got started in this livelihood project:

Josua is the brother of Sarah R. – the leader of one of the group of sewers on Cebu Island. Sarah’s son Glemar is a pastor, who worked with Ginapadala International to ensure quality control.

Further help was provided to Josua when Greatest Gift Ministries provided a sewing machine.

Update July 2011

Unfortunately we have lost track of Josua N. as he is no longer working with Work of Your Hand.