Editor's Note: this post was written by guest blogger Danielle Allyn. Danielle is a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is currently spending her summer interning for Mamafrica Designs in Bukavu, DRC, while conducting research for her senior thesis.
"In 5 years, I want to be living so well that my husband [who rejected me] begs me to take him back. I want the opportunity to tell him no, and to tell him that I am better off making a life for myself and my family." Mamafrica artisan Asifiwe, vibrant and full of life, is one of the youngest student seamstresses working at Mamafrica's Ushindi center in Bukavu, DR Congo, the provincial capital of South Kivu. Each day, the women of Mamafrica arrive promptly at 8 am (some of them traveling up to two hours on foot) and ... [view whole blog post ]