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Ramadan Gains: Muna Ally

In case you missed our previous post, this month we’ll be celebrating some amazing individuals who have been giving back to their communities.

Our second shout out of this Ramadan series goes to the insanely talented photographer Muna Ally.

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Know that love is set deep within you,  And that love is forever surrounding you,  And that the love that you give away will find its way back,  Ready your vessel, for it will be poured into,  Own your truth. -MA ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wishing you blessedness always. Just wanted to remind you all, I am taking bookings for weddings (@munaallyweddings), portraits, events, and would love to get involved with creative projects that are travel based! If you think someone will benefit from my work, please do share the love ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #munaally #internationalphotographer #blackmuslimahexcellence #artisticfragility #femalephotographer #womenartists #BlackGirlMagic #documentaryphotographer

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Muna uses photography to connect with people, capturing individuality through the lens of her camera. It’s through her photography that you really understand the cultural differences that make us all so unique.

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This was the third portrait of her. Before it, she was looking down, avoiding the camera. She told me she can only see with one eye. She told me she is old. She told me there were younger girls, better girls to be documented. I told her she was beautiful. And that her skin glowed golden against the East African sun. That her hands were blessed with true craftsmanship. And that I truly believed that she was important and needed to be shared and celebrated. She looked up. She gave me this smile. And I was honoured with her grace to share with you today. #kangamovement #soulsoftanzania #munaally #traveldiaries #photojournalism #Tanzania #liveauthentic #BlackHistoryMonth #blackgirlmagic #womenphotographer #makeportraits #blackmuslimahexcellence

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As well as running her own photography service, Muna is the mind behind The Kanga Project; A non-profit initiative celebrating women in the villages of Zanzibar. The project provides gifts to women from deprived communities and supports a hub of locals through utilising their services and trade.

The heart of the project is in the simple act of giving, with the focus being on the concept of giving back to community. Definitely something we can all embrace, especially during Ramadan.

The Kanga is a rectangular piece of fabric that is commonly worn and used amongst women and girls in Africa. It’s mainly used to cover but it’s pretty multi-functioning too; from carrying children and heavy loads, sleeping and sitting on, praying with and wearing on special occasions.

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Whilst on location with @al_ansarifoundation, we went to a remote village in Zanzibar to officially open a new water well. This beautiful Mama was there and allowed me to photograph her after the ceremony. She exudes an incredible light of confidence and an absolute assurance of her motherhood as she cradles her baby preparing to feed her. She's wearing Kanga with an Arabian inspired print which radiates her character even more! The size of the Kanga allows her to cover her baby doubling up its use as a nursing screen! (all you Mama's out there take note!) I just love the energy of this photograph and it really reminds me of how far a modest piece of fabric can go! Donate £2 towards the Kanga Project to gift a mother a Kanga pair in Zanzibar! Link is in my bio. Follow the journey @thekangaproject #kangamovement #thekangaproject #soulsoftanzania

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Muna’s project saves many women from having to deal with the costly expenses of purchasing ready-made clothes that they can’t afford.

As if that wasn’t already great enough, in support of the local economy, all Kangas are purchased from traders on the Island, ensuring that there’s constant support for the community.

Fulfilling her long-term aspiration of empowering communities through a creative outlet, Muna’s creation of the Kanga Project is unique to say the least.

To keep up with Muna’s work, you can catch her on IG.

You can also learn more about The Kanga Project here.

 

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