We all hear about the widespread inequalities of women in the developing world, especially in literacy, health, and marriage, which often regards women as property rather than individuals. Everyday, thousands of women die in childbirth, and nearly half of all African women cannot read or write. Imagine. Perhaps equally disappointing is the news we hear about men wasting away income, opportunity, and abandoning their responsibilities.
As I have traveled and worked through the Great Lakes region of Africa, I know it to be true; I've seen it. Groups of men standing aimlessly at street corners; too busy whistling and smoking, to be of any help to anyone, including themselves. Despite it all, changing the circumstances that lead to it is what inspires my work.
With each purchase, you contribute to creating a world where men and women alike can access the education, business training, and employment opportunities they need to be successful. Totonga Bomoi aims to create and world where the same opportunities are available for the next generation. Pictured below is my friend Enaru and her son Benjamin. Through her efforts as a cooperative member of Totonga Bomoi, she is committed to building a better life for her son.