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Yvette Cishi – Sewing Workshop Class of 2018

18 years old, Yvette Cishi doesn’t mind her long walk to attend Action Kivu’s Sewing Workshop. She is one of the 43 girls and women in the Class of 2018 – eager to learn all she can and graduate with a sewing kit complete with a pedal-powered Singer machine to start her own business! This

Brigitte’s Vision for Girls in Congo and Around the World

Brigitte’s face lights up when she talks about her future as a lawyer: “At school, my classmates are already calling me lawyer for standing up for their rights. I often like to defend my colleagues who are innocent and sometimes punished for no reason.” With financial support to pursue law school, 18-year-old Brigitte plans to

Meet Nadine, AKA Professor Math [Congo]

Nadine might answer to her Swahili name, Munguakokonkwa, but she also goes by Professor Math. Nicknamed by her classmates for her love of mathematics and prowess when it comes to explaining it to others, she reports, “They like me, by the way, because I always explain mathematics to them whenever there is something they do

Chanceline’s Dream: Medical School

“I want to continue my education because it will help me be a responsible and strong woman. I want to attend the school of medicine or nursing at university — it’s a big dream.” Chanceline wants to study medicine to care for people who lack means for medical care. “In our country,” she says, “so

Meeting Mapendo: Microloans, Pigs, and Paying it Forward

Why is Mapendo smiling? With the $100 she received from the Power in Unity group, Action Kivu’s savings & loan project, she bought a pig, and is able to sell the piglets for $20 each, allowing her to pay back her loan. The group operates with a “pay it forward” model, and part of the