Students Use Linear Equations to Determine Profit for “The Shona Women of the Congo”

As students in Mrs. Yodice’s Pre-Algebra class watched a video showcasing “The Shona Women of the Congo” the room went silent. The Shona Women, a group of four innovative, hardworking women, are known for their incredible story of perseverance and overcoming hardship through their handcrafted goods, including bags and clothing.

“Purchases and donations have empowered them to buy their own land, build their own homes, provide for their own children and take in countless other family members. They send children to school and buy medicine for those who are sick.”

Courtesy of Shona Congo Store

“The Shona Women of the Congo” Courtesy of Shona Congo Store

Mrs. Yodice had students use linear equations to determine when “The Shona Women of the Congo” would make a profit. Students worked in teams, learning how to graph an equation, how to write an equation from a word problem, how to analyze an equation and graph a real-life situation. Mrs. Yodice asked students, “How many bags do the Shona women need to sell to make a profit?


Students learned to write an equation that represented expenses, to write an expression that represented the revenue they would eventually make, plot lines for each equation, and determine when their revenue would begin to exceed their cost – all while modeling a significant, momentous real-life situation.

* For more information on “The Women of the Congo” and their story and/or to visit their online store please visit: http://www.shonacongostore.com.

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