This young mother is a talented seamstress running her own business thanks to a sewing machine donated by Every Girl Counts.
Imagine for a few seconds that you are a small business owner. And a woman. And your home, and business, happen to be in Africa’s largest slum.
Already you are starting up in an environment where there are monumental odds stacked against you. But you don’t let that stop you. You strive to make life better for your family. You work hard. You don’t have an elaborate business plan or money for advertising. You do have talent and a desire to rise above the odds.
This is your storefront.
You are proud of it because it may not seem like much to the outside world, but it is everything. It is a buoy of hope amidst a sea of seemingly impossible poverty.
This is a glimpse of life and how it can be better. This is hope for your daughter and your sister’s daughters and every single girl in your community who looks up to you and sees you as a role model.
I’ve been honored and humbled to share images and stories on my blog the past few weeks from my recent trip to Nairobi, Kenya, with Every Girl Counts, a Franklin, Tennessee, based non-profit empowering girls from impoverished countries through education.