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This week we feature Young Professional Kishmet B. Daniel

Kishmet displaying some of the work that she has produced. Photo: VINO
By Ron Henry

Virgin Islands News Online proudly presents Kishmet B. Daniel, a passionate and selfless teacher, farmer and mother, who finds the time to divide herself in so many ways to achieve her day to day goals.

Kishmet related that she has been a Teacher at the Ebenezer Thomas Primary school for 2 years, teaching youngsters to knit, make dolls, bags and other craft products. She further revealed that she got into teaching because “I reached a point in my life where I wanted to do something that I would love doing".

Hailing from Duff’s Bottom, Kishmet attended the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School and the then BVI High School.

She also has an extensive history in the field of hospitality (seventeen years) and was a waitress for about twelve years.

Ultimately, she revealed, teaching took a more central focus in her life. “I just wanted to search inside of me to find something that I was passionate about and would love doing and would want to do it for the rest of my life.”

Good feedback has been received from both the children and their parents, she noted. She declared that instead of the kids “coming home and harassing the parents, some of the parents say the kids just sit in a corner and knit until it’s time to go to sleep.“

Ms. Daniel said her satisfaction comes from seeing the children’s smiles and the happy and cheerful look on their faces after they have completed a project. Sometimes they even wear the things they make. “You may find them with a purse or bangle or even carrying around the dolls they make,” she said with pride in her voice.

Knitting, another passion of hers, was something she had been doing for the past eleven years and started when she first became a Rastafarian. Daniel said she invested tip money from waitressing to buy her materials, which included books and pins and she also started reading up on the subject. “I’m self-taught… as the years went by I became an experienced knitter.”

Kishmet revealed that she got into doll making because of a friend. “I had a Filipino friend at Peter Island and while I was [waitressing], she was knitting. She used to knit dolls and I used to love dolls. When she was ready to go she left some patterns and pins with me,” she said.

“I just started reading the patterns and tried to figure out how to get them done.” Her persistence eventually paid off as she has become an expert knitter.

Her facebook page, Daniel confessed, is a remarkably useful marketing tool while she plies her trade otherwise at various places such as Peter Island, the roundabout in Road Town, in addition to the waterfront area. The energetic Daniel said she finds no difficulty in her job because she loves doing it. “I’m passionate about it so… I don’t think about how much things I have to do; I just get up with the mindset that it has to be done.”

Daniel further revealed that she does a lot of recycling; something that allows her to produce things such as bangles, earrings, natural soap, lotion and grease. She also sews and farms. “The stuff that I farm is what I try to give the kids to eat. I get up at 3 A.M. and I make things from scratch,” she said.

When asked where she finds the strength and inspiration to keep her motivated and going, Daniel said “I usually find the inspiration from within and from the Most High.”

Being a practicing Rastafarian is a way of life that keeps her grounded.

“The way I live my life has played an intricate role,” she added, “and the time I’ve spent in the hospitality field has moulded and shaped me into the person I am today. When you’re working in the field of hospitality it teaches you how to put others before yourself… [The training] goes a long way in your life if you’re really serious about what people are telling you and not feel like they’re trying to control you.”

Our Young Professional also believes it is important to be humble and to listen to advice. “Follow the rules… it helped me to be the mother I am today.” Kishmet noted that her family is very supportive and they continue to encourage her in many ways.

Another area of speciality for Daniel, is making organic dishes such as “soynogg” and “frogurt”. “I want to open my own vegetarian store,” she said, “a real vegetarian store that sells things coming from the earth here… fully vegan.”

A full vegan, Daniel plants a number of fruits and vegetables in her garden including tomatoes, sorrel, cassava, sweet peppers, seasoning, spinach, lettuce and cucumber.

One of Daniel’s future plans is to open a school where she can teach others and especially wants to focus on special needs children, seniors and prisoners so that they can make a contribution to the economy and benefit from social security as well.

Daniel said education is the key to success and encouraged youths to always take their subjects seriously. Now that she is knitting, Daniel has learnt that all her subjects played a big role in her achievements today as many of the core subjects such as Mathematics come in very handy in her day to day knitting.

“Later on in life,” she said, “when you are really finding yourself and making yourself comfortable, you will see that all those subjects play a big role in everyday life.”

She parted by saying that it was also important to learn a hands-on skill in addition to academic studies and is ready to offer her services to anyone wishing to learn to knit or any other craft work.

Kishmet B. Daniel can be contacted on 540-4218.

18 Responses to “This week we feature Young Professional Kishmet B. Daniel ”

  • dem say (05/10/2012, 07:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Me have always admired tis young lady she tis very strong and passionate and stands up for what she believes.
  • keep it up (05/10/2012, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i often admired your creations on fb, she is a real go getter nice and humble person with lots of talent. keep up the good work.
  • wat.... (05/10/2012, 08:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    that is very good, I heard so much about this young lady's work keep it up you are doing well.
  • Lady K.K (05/10/2012, 08:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blessed Love Kishmet i am ver proud of you my Sistren. i need an ICE, GOLD AND GREEN DRESS. I will be contacting you shortly................
  • Crafts Alive (05/10/2012, 09:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Kishmet! You deserve a spot at Crafts Alive to promote your handmade craft products! Your products are the best I have seen!
  • curious (05/10/2012, 09:12) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Whilst I applaud her efforts I find that this individual gets a lot of airplay, meaning on the TV in the press. I am curious what the motives are.
    • Shara Parlin (05/10/2012, 09:45) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      TO CURIOUS: Because she has talent, she is smart and she loves the BVI and she is one of indigenous Virgin Islander so she deserves all the air time she gets. We love you Kish
  • mother hen (05/10/2012, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The government needs to help her with a good market for her productions and they are truly locally made. Good job kishment
  • . (05/10/2012, 11:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People and agencies seeking for true Virgin Islands culture need look no further than this woman. Put her in charge of Crafts Alive. Let her design national dress and territorial song! Please give her all the tools she needs to spread her knowledge and cultural pride throughout the territory's young people.

    THIS is what tourists come here to see!
  • BREAKING NEWS (05/10/2012, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kishma is very talented and a very out spoken person. Congrats!
  • @@@@@ (05/10/2012, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you have your critics but no one can argue these young professional pieces are inspirational and uplifting. Ms. Daniels you have made us all proud of your hard work and commitment to culture.
  • April (06/10/2012, 06:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a great way to start any day; absorbing the positivity and creation this Woman exudes each and every day- a true lioness. What a blessed, talented, powerful and beautiful person. You are the epitome of "leading by example."
  • old glory (06/10/2012, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kishmet a lot of people take you for granted, but you very skillful and I love your products. All the best and keep your good works up. VINO I am still loving these YP articles…
  • farmer brown (06/10/2012, 13:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Daniels has nice and real homemade stuff hope she opens a shop in sea cows bay!
  • stand up (07/10/2012, 06:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another young b v islander on the high way to success in her chosen field…
  • Daniel sister (08/10/2012, 19:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job Kishmet get it up

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