Name: Hannah Waggoner
School and Degree: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Undergraduates degree in Business Marketing and minoring in Fine Arts.
Role at Amani: I am the Marketing Intern at Amani ya Juu. I work closely with the Marketing Director, Emily, to research and write blog posts, manage social media posts, research promotion opportunities, and assist in various warehouse tasks.
How did you hear about Amani ya Juu? Amani came into my life at the perfect time. I call it a God thing. I saw a post about Amani on Social Media from a local coffee shop here in Chattanooga called the Camphouse and just instantly feel in love with Amani and everything they do and stand for. Fair Trade Peace from Above Sewing/ Reconciliation program Handmade African products Purpose and Mission-minded I am in love with all of it.
Hobbies: Sewing and designing are probably one of my very favorite things to do. I am currently making custom clothes and accessories for my business HanMade Maker. I've made everything from bridesmaid dresses, to dressy/ every day dresses, shirts, skirts, backpacks, bowties, neckties, and etc. I just recently made my first ever Menswear collared shirt. It was definitely a challenge but thank the Lord that I love challenges. This is what I dream about doing! But we'll see where the Lord leads me. Here are some of my recent designs I've made.
I also love anything that requires me to be outside. Hiking/ walking, biking, swimming, etc. I love it all, really. Coffee and Juice/smoothies are life to me. I'm obsessed. So I enjoy going to local coffee shops and just spending time with the ones that I love.
What made you want to intern at Amani Chattanooga?
Everything about Amani ya Juu feels like home. Every time that I walk into work I feel so welcomed and loved. I love when work doesn't really feel like work because you just love doing it so much and that's how I feel about interning at Amani. I enjoy it! When God introduced me to Amani I knew I had to call and find out everything I could about Amani and what this amazing fair trade nonprofit was about. When I found out it is for the women in Africa, I knew I had to be a part. I love missions and I love purpose-driven jobs so I knew instantly that I had to be a part of Amani somehow whatever it looked like. I am beyond thankful that I get to intern at a place like Amani Chattanooga. I am so excited to see what is to come!
Favorite Amani product:
Goodness! This one is a hard one. I want to say all of them but I'll have to say the Maridi Pocket Dress because it was my first purchase. The fabric is out of this world, the colors emerald and ruby are just so unique, and the quality of how it's made is just so incredible. The women who sew all the of products for Amani really truly know what they are doing. They can sew!