No papers but a home: Somali women take on South Africa’s property market

JOHANNESBURG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the hallway of a large, brick-face apartment block in Johannesburg, Halima Jawahir greets her tenants, a group of six Somali women drying their henna-painted hands in the sunlight streaming through the windows. After fleeing ongoing civil war in her native Somalia in 2016, Jawahir is now reinventing herself as a property mogul in the Mayfair neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city. She rents an entire building of more than 100 flats from a South African landlord, before sub-dividing them into rooms, and subletting them to other mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees. But as a refugee without documentation, Jawahir is also breaking the law by subletting flats – a risk worth taking, she said, to save up enough to one day own her own property. “I am a widow, so I have to look after myself,” said the 45-year-old, adjusting her green hijab as she sat on the couch in her second-floor flat. The country is wrestling with a massive backlog of asylum applications, according to human rights groups, leaving many refugees waiting months or even years for the authorization to work, go to school and find a place to live...

When in the market for chic, affordable jewelry, the first place we look is designer Kendra

When in the market for chic, affordable jewelry, the first place we look is designer Kendra Scott. So you’d better believe that when we can get Scott’s pieces for a deep discount, we sit up and take note. And it’s happening right now, during the brand’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Sale event. For today only, you can find nine different promo codes hidden throughout the Kendra Scott site — yes, you read that correctly, nine! They’re offering up crazy good deals such as buy one, get one 40 percent off with the code SUNSHINE, take an additional 25 percent off markdowns with the code BLOOMS, or take 20 percent off your entire order with the code BABYCHICK. But there are tons of other amazing discounts — which means, yes, you can get the abalone shell statement earrings Blake Lively wore on Valentine’s Day last year for way less! And since Mother’s Day will be upon us soon, you might as well use this as your opportunity to score her a gift while you can get it on sale. We have our eyes on these Petunia Ear Climbers (which are loved by Jessica Alba) and this Tate Midi Ring Set in rose gold. But you’ll have to hurry if you want some of these beauties for yourself because most of the Easter...