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Welcome to my online home

My name is Dawn or Mama D. I am a wife to the most amazing person on earth and the Mama of two handsome boys.

There is a province in RD Congo called Kasai Occidental. The capital of Kasai is Kananga and that's where I was born, in the commune of Nganza.

In 2014, I married my college sweetheart, Jamie, and together we have two boys, a 4 y/o and almost 2 y/o. We named them in our mother tongues language, Tshiluba. The oldest one is Dinanga-Disanka, which means Love and Joy. The youngest one is Mikalayi-Buima, a respected man.

I started my entrepreneur journey in 2016, while on maternity leave with my first born. Everything came to me in a dream and I didn't question it. When I woke up that morning, I went to the craft store to buy supplies to put together anything I could think of. By the end of that day, we had an Etsy shop up and running.

This journey has been fun, exciting, amazing, full of rush, laughters, pains, loss and crying but it has helped me find myself and refine who I am and can become tomorrow.

Chez Kwetu means "home" in Tshiluba.

I grew up around family so I wanted to bring the love and memories of my life back in Kananga in my business. The nostalgia of games I played, the food, the jokes, the laughters. All those memories feeds my creativity and my art. They aren't just my past but also my present and future. 

The textiles I used are outsourced from Africa, Mali and Kinshasa and sometimes Nigeria, Kenya or Ghana. I want to offer you products that are handmade by artisans in Africa. Tell you their stories and walk you through their creative process. I want us to learn and grow together but above all I want to bring love from my home to your homes through my arts and my stories.

So thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy the journey.

- Dawn

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