At Totonga Bomoi, we are honored to work with the women and men of Aru, Congo; a place where we find that opportunity and ingenuity are limitless!
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 disturbing is the news we hear about men wasting away income, opportunity, and abandoning responsibility.
As I have traveled and worked throughout 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 this very image and the circumstances that lead to it is what inspires me. However, taking on the responsibility to alter the conditions that breed idleness and indifference will not be easy, and it is why we need YOU.
With every purchase you make, you are saying YES 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 a world where the same opportunities abound for the next generation of men and women.
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 than the one she knew.
We thank you for your support and look forward to bringing you beautiful, handcrafted products created by our artisans in Congo.