"Mohammed Kamal is my name. I'm a leather artisan, born in 1980 in Accra. My friends say I am hardworking, friendly and very religious. <br><br> "When I traveled to Mali, I attended an exhibition in Bamako where the leather works that I saw were beautiful and perfectly done. I decided to learn. I was taught by a master artisan with whom I worked with most of the time during my apprenticeship. Today he works with me in my shop. I had to learn from three different masters, some from Burkina-Faso and Mali. <br><br> "I needed a blacksmith to design my working tools and getting money for it wasn't easy. I worked for a year to be able to get the tools. <br><br> "Because of financial problems in Mali, I returned to my parents after completing junior high school. Back in Ghana, I started working from home. Later, I had to find a workshop because the tools I used made too much noise for those living in the house. <br><br> "I'm fascinated by the design process and by tools and their arrangement when I'm working. I use plywood, leather, white glue and straw board. It can be challenging when the wood turns out to be low quality and breaks when you are working with it. <br><br> "Once during the rainy season, I received my first order for mirror frames and chess sets. I had only a limited amount of time to deliver them, but my family stepped in to help me, as did some of the friends I had taught. <br><br> "I am the fourth child in a family of seven. I am now a married man with three children. I belong to a <i>zongo</i> youth group in my community where we help educate the youth so they don't fall into bad habits and also stay away from drugs. <br><br> "I get my inspiration from traveling to the northern part of Mali and Burkina-Faso. Their style and culture inspire me a lot. I work with my family members who are around me all the time and they help with the leathering and shining of the works. <br><br> "My dream is to craft good and quality works for international shoppers and also teach the youth on the streets who are jobless."