Monthly Archives: May 2016

Bienvenie: From Sewing Student to Successful Entrepreneur

Behind us the Mumosho Sewing Workshop hummed with activity, voices muffled, feet shuffling. Inside, sandal-clad feet rhythmically pressed pedals to power the Singer sewing machines, scissors snipped threads, irons heated with burning coals pressed out the creases in brightly patterned fabric. Outside, Bienvenie sat with perfect posture on the low stool, her gaze direct and

Mother’s Day with Mama Ernata, seamstress in Congo: If you were me, wouldn’t you be happy?

“[My mother] had handed down respect for the possibilities—and the will to grasp them.” – Alice Walker This Mother’s Day, we’d like to take you to a corner of Congo, to meet Mama Ernata. You’ll find her at her home sewing workshop, a small wood-beam-walled room that revolves around her Singer sewing machine. This is