Yesterday, around the globe, we celebrated and recognized the value of women, on a personal and professional level.
I have always had the utmost faith in my gender. We women are strong, capable individuals that can do anything. However, our biggest strength lies in our compassion, courage and spirit of service. I have always been surrounded by strong women.
My mother is an amazing person. Growing up, she worked herself raw so that I and my brother could have the things we needed and more often the things we simply wanted. She worked extra hard so that we could go to America and get a college degree. I did not come from a well off family, but I will tell you, there was not a day when I felt lacking for anything. She always told me, there is no word such as can’t, remove it from your dictionary. Today, I even tell my own children that. She brought me up well and with a confidence to take on the world. I could never have done the things I do today without her belief in my abilities.
My Grandma, was also an amazing woman. She was a principal at her school in Goa, India. I still remember our vacations when we would visit her. From her, I learned how to be strong. My daughter is named after her for her strength and intelligence.
My life too has been affected in an indirect way by Yeah’s mother Sanamba Doumbia. This was an amazing woman. She is the reason Yeah is what he is today. She was his strength, his confidence and his beautiful spirit. He learned how to serve from his mother and his mother always knew and made him believe that he would do great things one day.
The Malian women are some of the strongest women I know. It is my firm belief that we are put in the circumstances that we can handle. I believe that God truly knew how strong the spirit of the Malian woman was when he destined her to Mali. These women are up at the crack of dawn making breakfast. On average, each woman will bear about 6 children. In addition to caring for these children, she will cook, clean and make sure every child and man is fed before she feeds herself. Sometimes, she will go to the market and sell odds and ends to contribute. She is the first one to wake up each morning and the last one usually to go to bed. And the most beautiful part is she does this with a smile. Her spirit is rarely beaten.
Already we see so much change just in the last few years. The Malian woman possesses an amazing spirit of entrepreneurship. Today, our Malian women are growing the skills they have developed in taking care of their families and themselves by using it to raise capital within their communities. They are the predominant economic actors at the local level. As you travel the streets of the capital Bamako or even the markets of smaller villages, many vendors meet the eye. Many of them are women selling anything from the famed Shea butter to cooked snacks and fruits or vegetables. Additionally, many women are applying their know how to create cooperatives that start a business and then employ other women thereby creating a local market within the community. Many others are learning solar skills and employing those skills to light up their homes, villages and communities. Their spirit of entrepreneurship is not only driving them to success but also giving an impetus to our economy in Mali.
Join me today and celebrate the spirit that is Mali: the spirit of every woman. God bless women everywhere.
Yeah and I are fighting for a Mali where our women and girls can be empowered to change their futures for the better. Education and Opportunity are the keys. The Elections are fast approaching and we need your help. You can make a donation towards our fight for change in Mali @ www.yeahsamake.com