Jackson & Filbert's Story

Our two exceptional wood carvers, Jackson and Filbert have sent us videos to share with you. They tell us a little bit about themselves, how they learnt to carve and what it means for them to have work.

The videos are in Kiswahili so we have translated them for you below. We hope you enjoy their story.




My name is Jackson Alyosi Kambeju. I was born in a small village called Mtopwa, in the district of Newalya.

I started primary school in 1979 and I finished in 1985. However, I was unsuccessful in carrying on with higher studies so I decided to come to Mtwara. I followed my maternal aunt. When I reached here, my aunts husband was a craftsman.

I realised since I couldn’t do higher studies I decided to learn to be a craftsman, so my uncle taught me in 1987. He taught me for 1 year and I learnt, and was successful and became a complete craftsman.

Until this day I feel confident and I trust in this teaching. I am very grateful to him for teaching me. So now I continue to carve different products. It is a good job and I like doing it and I have to continue it. Thank you.




My name is Filbert Emanuel. I was born in the region of Mtwara, Tanzania.

I am a carver. I started this work