…raising your family in a two-room shack smaller than a cargo container?

…furnishing your home with only a bench, a wood table and a few rickety chairs and beds?

…having a metal porta-potty as your bathroom?

…living without electricity?

…washing your clothes by hand in a plastic tub?

…not being able to read or write?

…scraping by on a small pension and the money you receive for each child?

This is the life of thousands of the poor from South Africa and the rest of the continent living in shantytowns and displacement camps around Johannesburg, yet they welcomed the young American students who wanted to tell their stories.