Pictured here with her family, Asifiwe now earns a wage more than 3 times the national average, and she works in a healing and supportive environment.
MamAfrica is more than a cooperative of artisans like Asifiwe. It is the home of a vision of empowerment for Congolese women and even for women around the globe.
As Asifiwe says, "As women I strongly believe that we must support and empower other women throughout the world. One simple way to do this is by purchasing handmade items by female artisans from countries like Democratic Republic of Congo, to help them thrive in their communities. This might seem simple but as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says, the best way to help Africans today is to help them to stand on their own feet and the best way to do that is by helping create jobs."