Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Updated: July 23, 2020 06:18 PM
Created: July 23, 2020 06:14 PM
When the pandemic hit, it wasn't just local businesses that were affected. For one business, a group of women a continent away are also feeling the pinch as our economy takes a tumble.
When Mary Koroso was growing up in her native Tanzania, Africa, the handmade jewelry and colorful fabric native to there were a symbol of her rich culture. When she moved here to New York, she began to miss that diversity.
She opened Afrikan Queens Boutique in Lansingburgh last year. The store is filled with colorful dresses, jewelry, and products produced by women and crafters from Tanzania. Shutting down her shop has meant her business is now suffering.
She is no longer able to purchase products from the African women and in turn help them provide for their families.
Women use that money for their kids, education, and food.
Like most business, she's had to adapt and push the e-commerce side of the business, and she's added mask made out of African cloth.
Now that she's allowed to reopen, she's yearning for the days when people will walk into her store and find unique African products and not only help her earn a living, but women a world away.
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