This photo of Aissa (one of the tailors I work with at site), Saphira (Aissa's daughter), and me was taken in Aissa's workshop about five months into our friendship. Aissa is seriously one of most motivated individuals I have met since being here in country. We started working together on what I refer too as “the Bag Project” (and what she and the other tailors refer to as “les sacs la” [in English, “those bags there”]) in April 2011. She, and the other tailors I work with save scraps from their commissions— which are normally thrown away— and create patchworks, which are then used to make one-of-a-kind accessories (as seen towards the left of the photo near the sewing machine). These accessories are then sold in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's capital city. Aissa alone has netted at least 150.000,00cfa (about 330 USD) over the four months she has been a part of the project. Though Aissa was one of the last tailors to join the project, she understands it better than all the other tailors. She has already put money earned from the project aside to pay for a new sewing machine, and will be taking on a girl as an apprentice. I use her as an example when explaining the importance of saving and goal-setting with the other tailors. Aissa has also already taken her commitment to the Bag Project to the next level by traveling to the local market up the road from us to buy fabric to make more bags when she has run out of scraps. This is also really cool, because with the scraps from the material used to make these accessories, she can make more patchworks to make more accessories— it is worth noting that I did not share this fact with Aissa, she had also already thought that out when she decided to go buy more material. Because Aissa already has a such a great grasp of the project, we rarely have to talk business, and as a result, we have been able to exchange stories about our life experiences, cultures, and ambitions. It is for all these reason and more, that I enjoy every opportunity I have to kick it with Aissa.