Everyday in Yeoville is an experience and meeting different people everyday means that everyday you’re learning someones story. They grant you permission to enter into their lives and peek into their human experience so that you attempts at finding the essence of who they are – the core of their life journeys. The granting of this permission is no easy feat, because in order for you to do this you need to make the effort of allowing them to see a part of you and tell a bit of your own story too. This exchange of ideas and stories then becomes grounds for a conversation worthy of a video package, because you have allowed people to be themselves. I realized this when I interviewed a woman, Patricia who is a La Sape as part of my in-depth multimedia project. Patricia told me her story because, just like many of the La Sape members she believes in showcasing her culture and clothes to maintain and uphold the values of her Congolese culture.
Besides being a La Sape Patricia is also the mother of five children and a wife to a husband she refers to as “Papa”. She like many of the other immigrants living on Yeoville who are struggling to make ends meet, is making a living as a hairdresser in the area. Patricia’s story is not a novel one. Like many other immigrants living in the neighborhood who are struggling to make ends meet she finds refuge in making herself and others look beautiful – like a true La Sape.