We had the privilege of meeting some very tough women who have been through a great deal of hardship in their young lives.
Some became mothers as early as eleven.
Some lost their husbands to war, others to HIV/AIDS.
Many that have found out they are HIV positive.
Each had to find a way to feed and clothe their children with little to no schooling.
With a small boost from the community, this one has started a business making and selling traditional clothing. She is able to support herself and children and her business is growing.
That smile is one of joy and hope...
Shot with 40D & 30mm at f2, 1/100th, iso 400.