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From Sewing Student to Mentor: So Much Has Changed [Congo]

  [From our Executive Director Rebecca Snavely’s visit this year to Congo.] I returned to Congo for my second trip in five years this past February, and Amani once again took me to see Ernata, whom I’d first met in 2012, a sewing student in a small, crowded workshop. Today, you’ll most likely find her

Field Report: Fresh from the Farm Harvest

Tuesday, September 12 2017 was a day of harvest at the shared farm in Mumosho, Congo. Our agronomist, a University student studying the latest organic farming techniques, shares his new knowledge and understanding of the land, producing beautiful, organic cabbages, fruits, and other veggies for the women to feed their families and sell at the

3rd Grader Agisha’s Faith in the Future

Meet Agisha! 9 years old, Agisha’s favorite subject last year at Burhembo Elementary School was math. He walks 45 minutes to school, and then back home, where he lives with his grandparents and two sisters. At home, he helps his grandparents by washing dishes, sweeping the house, and drawing water. “If we have food, I

Cecile Stops (Foot) Traffic on the Farm: Don’t Ignore Me!

Don’t ignore me, Cecile called out as our executive director picked her way across the farm in a valley of eastern Congo, speaking to women about their lives, what it means to grow food to feed their families and to sell at the market. “This is a new experience,” Cecile, a mother of five, said.

As a Girl: Furaha’s Girl Power Goals for Education

13 years old, Furaha just finished grade 3 of elementary school. She walks about a half hour from school to home, where she lives with her grandparents and her two sisters and three brothers. After school, she helps out at home with the dishes, drawing water, and collecting firewood for cooking when they have food.