"My hope is to turn my small workshop into something big and become financially stable… My dream is to provide employment to more youth."
"I create modern Ghanaian handbags, purses and fashion accessories. I'm Richard Donkor. My friends say I'm creative, funny and hardworking.
"One day, I met a designer in Accra who made very attractive designs. I said to myself, 'I would like to be like this man.' He accepted me as a student and I sacrificed my time and money to master this work. I love how the printed cotton fabrics look, and the design adds beauty.
"I was determined to repeat my tasks over and over again during my apprenticeship until my work was perfect and this helped me master the craft. My inspiration comes from the Bible, from friends and from people ahead of me in life who have made it.
"Starting out on my own wasn't easy. I had to begin by getting materials and some financial assistance which wasn't easy at all. I remember when I couldn't use an industrial machine to finish my handbags. But I'm proud I am able to work well with it now. It's still a challenge to promote my items and get sponsorship to help build my art.
"Once I wanted to buy a cell phone. I went to the shop and negotiated with the phone seller only to reach into my pocket for my wallet and realize I was pick-pocketed by a thief. I felt so embarrassed.
"My hope is to turn my small workshop into something big and become financially stable. My community benefits from my workshop because now they don't have to travel to buy designs like mine. I have trained four people so far. My dream is to provide employment to more youth."