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Women Take the Lead

Shaping a more sustainable future for Africa—and our planet.

Women gather to do beadwork in a village outside of the Loisaba Conservancy.
Loisaba Beadwork Women gather to do beadwork in a village outside of the Loisaba Conservancy. © Ami Vitale
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