How everything started and what we achieved so far
Who is Justine?
Justine Tchilalou Payarou – she is 40 years old – Lives at home in the north of Benin in Natitingou. She is married and has a daughter. Natitingou is in the County of Atakora in Benin. The city has about 35,000 inhabitants and is located in the north-west Benins at the foot of the Atakora mountains. Natitingou is the entrance to the large game reserve Pendjari National Park. It has a large central market, a museum, two hospitals a cinema and an airfield. Well known are the Tata-Somba residential castles in the region. To the east of the city lie the Kota waterfalls and to the south the botanical garden of Papatia. Justine is a graduate seamstress and has completed her "master training" at NOH NEE in Munich. She was trained by Marie Darouiche. It is she that the project is named after and the partner in Benin. After the first successful product of the cooking aprons, the first fashion collection "NOH NEE BENIN" was produced in the spring of 2016 and was sold mainly at NOH NEE in Munich. The collection for 2017 is designed and tailor-made. In this work Justine gave her new knowledge and experience to trainees. An employee from Munich accompanied her for months in her studio in Natitingou.
Photographer of the Lookbock pictures: Attila Henning