Permalink to this Image | Gallery of Rachel's Works One Essay Response Lynne Mitchnick, CEO | MR Solutions, Inc. says: January 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm Food is a luxury. Having surplus to sell means you are not starving in a country where unemployment exceeds 50% in urban areas. Being able to buy or barter for food means you have the strength to do so in a country where as much as half of the adult population in some villages is HIV positive. Going to the market means you have survived the ever-present danger posed by malaria. And the market captures the beauty of African women, their laughter and strength in the face of obstacles. Their elegance as they walk home carrying food on their heads and babies on their backs. Their determination and hope for a better life despite government policies and practices that often contribute to impeding their progress. You must be a Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize applicant to submit an essay response.