|Dibor in her shop|
|One of Dibor's apprentices|
|Dibor and Ndack|
|Another of Dibor's apprentices|
|Intricate beadwork on embroidery|
is a specialty of Dib's shop
The morning of the Black Friday Expo was exciting and lots of people showed up early to shop. Dibor's table quickly become "the place to be" and by the end of the first day, she'd sold almost all of her products. That evening, she went back to her father's house where she was spending the weekend and stayed up most of the night replenishing her stock. The next day, her sales were equally good. Upon returning to Diourbel, April received an invitation to have lunch with Dibor's family. Her husband's first wife prepared the meal, while Dibor and her husband introduced her to the family's many children and spoke about Dibor's new profession. Her husband was delighted that the fair was such a success.
|Dibor at her table|
|Dibor with a customer|
About 5 months later, the Peace Corps Artisan Network was invited to attend another event sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Community Liaison Organization. This time, Dibor's husband joined us in Dakar. I think he was quite taken with her success and wanted to witness it for himself. In preparation for this event, Dib expanded her product line, adding wrap skirts, headbands, a yoga bag, back packs, and new rice/potato sack bag designs. This, too, was a profitable experience for her. Several women were so excited with her bags that they invited her to a private fundraising event, The 2nd Annual Sundown Carnival, that would be held along the Corniche the following month. So, after returning to Diourbel to restock her inventory, April, Dibor, and Ndack once again headed back to Dakar with bags full of items to sell. Dib's husband volunteered to record sales at this event and again was astonished at the response her designs were receiving. Several women approached Dibor to compliment her work and one woman in particular was so enthusiastic that she brought her family out to Diourbel the following month to visit Dibor's shop and purchase a few more bags.
|Dibor at the 2nd Annual Sundown Carnival|
|A visit to Diourbel by a new customer from Dakar|
Dibor is excited to continue her Peace Corps partnership with a new volunteer who will be swearing in next month.