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Stuff, Stuff and More Stuff to Stuff Away

This past summer I traveled to South Africa for the first time.  The area that I spent most of my time is a highly impoverished community called Kliptown. It is located in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg SA. My mission was to help this community to start a sewing business that would help them produce an ongoing sustainable income for themselves and their community. It was very affective and the products they are now producing are gorgeous. They are earning income and able to put money back into the business to help it to continue growing. The picture below shows the beautiful purses they are now producing. It is so amazing considering most of the people did not even know how to sew before our arrival. These bags are produced on crank style sewing machines because of the lack of electricity.

I went through quite a culture shock upon seeing and working in the level of poverty that we were in. I thought that I had seen severe poverty and homelessness here in the inner city where I live. I was wrong. What I experienced in Africa broke me. It was worse than what I ever imagined. If you have ... more

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