Asha's Ink Liner
The name Asha in Swahili means hope. Meet the young woman behind the name that brought this definition to life both through her physical beauty and the beauty she brings out of others who meet this amazing Boise transplant.
Asha was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Northern Africa. These were tumultuous times in Africa, due to political unrest and war. Because of this, Asha’s mother made the dangerous but courageous decision to move to Zambia with Asha, only a few months old at the time, by her side. The mother-daughter duo lived in a refugee camp in Zambia, where Asha spent her childhood years. Asha explained that her childhood in Zambia was pretty normal - she had many friends, a supportive community, and most importantly, a safe place to grow up. However, her mother knew she wanted her daughter to have access to better opportunites, so she made the decision to apply for a visa to move to the United States through the UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency. After a grueling four year process, Asha and her mom were granted visa approval for relocation to Boise, Idaho.
And so another adventure began!
Asha vividly recalls looking out the window during a layover in Chicago (her first view of an American city) and getting excited at the thought that this new country was her new home.
When they finally made it to Boise, Asha remembers the difficulties of moving to a foreign country. Asha’s mom, who didn’t speak English at the time, faced a new set of challenges as they settling into their new home, found a job, and adjusted to some huge shifts in culture - everything was different and new! From the food, to Asha’s new school, to the community and, as Asha vividly recalls, the taste of the water!
As Asha’s mom built a life for her and her daughter in this their new Idaho city, Asha had to overcome barriers in education, language and culture that drove her to successful and beautiful woman that we know and love today. Asha navigated these challenges gracefully, noting,
“Always surround yourself with people who you look up to and want to be like. Seize every opportunity, work hard, and be grateful for what you are given.”
Today, Asha is stronger than ever largely in part to her ability to adapt. Currently she is in the beginning of what we anticipate to be a very successful modeling career and we can’t express enough how truly beautiful this courageous women truly is. Other than modeling, Asha dreams of becoming a teacher or a pediatrician, a goal she plans to pursue in the coming years. Although a transplant, Asha hasn’t left her Democratic Republic of the Congo roots behind. She still identifies very strongly with her culture and, her mom and her siblings speak Rwandese to keep their strong heritage alive.
One of the most powerful quotes that resonated with us the most was the gratitude that Asha continually expressed for the opportunities she’s been given. We could not agree more, Asha, and we too try to embody this mindset.