Who are you?
Why did you decide to become a migrant domestic worker?
It was almost 8 years ago but I can still remember as if it was yesterday. Life was really tough being a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother…
I saw from a distance my sick mother carrying a bucket of fishes to sell them in the villages around. I looked at my 3 and 1 year-old sons sleeping and I told myself “I need to do something. If you want a brighter future for your children, you need to create it.” I did not want them to have the same life as myself and I was hurt to see my mother working so hard in her situation.
How did your financial situation evolve over time?
Can you please tell about your life as a domestic worker? How difficult was it to adjust to your new life?
Being a domestic worker changed me a lot. It opened many doors for me, gave me a lot of opportunities.
I have been fortunate to work since for an adorable Swiss family. We are respectful of each other and they support me through my ups and downs. What I appreciate the most is that they believe in me more than I believe in myself.
To be honest the work is tiring because they have 3 very active daughters (2, 4 and 6 years old), all food has to be home-cooked and the house of course properly cleaned up. But they are amazing, give me a lot of benefits, help me reach my goals and don’t forget to thank me for my effort and hard work.
Are there some advice you want to give to all employers? What do you like/don’t like about your employers? Is there something you secretly think but don’t dare asking or say to your employer?
My advice: respect, trust your helper and be a role model for her. And everything will follow.
There is nothing I don’t dare telling them. For me it is necessary to communicate openly to avoid misunderstandings.
What do you when you make a mistake at work (breaking something for example)? And how would like your employer to react when you make a mistake?
I will honestly tell them about it, say sorry and assure them that next time I will be more careful.
And I would like them to be honest and say how they feel about what happened BUT in a calm and respectful way.
If you helper does the same mistake several times, then I would recommend to ask her why and if there is anything that you could do to help her to avoid doing this mistake again.
What is your favourite activity on a day off?
For you, happiness is….
What are your dreams and hope for the future?
Interviewed in October 2017 and edited by Marie Kretz Di Meglio