He was 11 years old. He lived in Niamey, the capital of Niger. And he'd never had a chance to go to school.
"Education in my country sucks," he says.
So he played soccer on the streets.
Then he had an idea. The father of a friend owned a company that made leather goods. Soumana Saley decided he wanted to learn to be a leather craftsman. "I really liked the work," he remembers.