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Veronica and Her Sewing Machine

Veronica Anyaugo, though deaf, is talented and handy with scissors, needle and thread.

Veronica Anyaugo, though deaf, is talented and handy with scissors, needle and thread. She has demonstrated and shared her quilting and stitching talents with members of one of the world’s largest women’s organizations, Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is a member in the Kayole 2nd Ward in Nairobi and volunteers her time as secretary to the president of the Ward Relief Society, Consulate Ochieng who often signs for her.


The Relief Society is known for taking care of women, both physically and spiritually—just like Veronica who is so aware of those around her. She walks down her dusty dirt lane, smiling and touching hands of many of those she passes. A little girl who began screeching, though Veronica couldn’t hear, was quickly plucked from the iron gate where she was dangling and Veronica set her softly to the ground.

Just as the Relief Society women’s organization has supplied thousands of warm, yet simply tied quilts as emergency response to hundreds of worldwide disaster areas, Veronica’s colorful patchwork quilts go to comfort those in need as well.

Veronica opened a small business in her home where she sews and quilts various items—mostly custom orders. She often contacts tailors who allow her to pick up bags of fabric scraps which she uses in her business of embroidering and quilting. After taking the Church’s self-reliant classes, Veronica is now able to keep food on her table and pay the rental on her home-shop.


Veronica is happy and content. She owns her own sewing machine and keeps busy creating new designs. Favorites with her female customers are her very intricate quilted skirts and purses. When she isn’t stitching, she enjoys her son and grandson’s company.  


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