1. Everyone has something to offer
African women are hustlers. We are naturally inventive, creative, and entrepreneurial—we aren’t the idle type. We work with our hands, minds and wits. We find things we’re good at—even if it’s just a hobby—and find ways to be industrious with it.
2. Hustle like your life depends on it
If you’ve been to Makola market, in Ghana, or any other African market for that matter, you’ve seen the endless rows of stalls, tables, kiosks and booths of women selling everything from baby diapers to tomatoes. There are usually rows of women selling the exact same thing within yards of each other. I’ve always wondered how on earth anyone made a reasonable living selling goods and produce in an oversaturated market?
Women who sell things in the market know they have severe competition, after all, there’s nothing new under the sun, but in a crowded marketplace, victory goes to the person dedicated enough to show up every single day. For many market women, that little stall of sundry provisions is all they have. Consistency is key. Their one chance of affording life’s bare necessities are contingent upon waking up earliest, showing up every day, and hustling like your life depends on it.
3. Balancing is a necessary skill
Those big heavy loads on their heads and babies on their backs are actual examples of the “double shift” women everywhere have to pull. Balancing ambition with others’ expectations and personal responsibilities require strength, tact and resilience. As African women, the world expects more from us than it expects of anybody else, so learning how to balance between cause, culture, and self is necessary.
The West has its heroes, and we have ours. The everyday market women on the streets of Accra, Lagos, Freetown etc, are some of the most inspirational people we can pull strength from. African market women are on my roster of heroes that nurture me. They teach us so much about life and business!
Through our partnerships, the women and children of West Afrika will have access to better education, training, skills, and produce to ensure they no longer have to suffer from the effects of poverty.
Based in Monrovia, Liberia
Specializing in precious stones, diamonds, gold, and other minerals
Partners in Global Food Alliance (GFA) designed to ensure that all families have equal access to healthy nutrition.
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The residents of Freetown are mostly descendants of freed slaves from the British. They are the neighboring country of Liberia, West Afrika
Most of the children will receive no education, possibly one meal a day; and no skills or training to be self sufficient. With our help, these children will no longer have to struggle to survive. And most important, they will once again have hope!!
Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Afrikan Amerikans born in Amerika share one thing in common.....the MAAFA.
The Afrikan holocaust has left us all without out hope, identity, stability, and human justice.
Harambee means "Let us all come together in Kswahili". The role of The Harambee Leadership Academy for Women in 2018 is to bring all the women of the diaspora together to reclaim self sufficiency.
To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth."
The Fourth Principle is Ujamaa and is essentially a commitment to the practice of shared social wealth and the work necessary to achieve it. It grows out of the fundamental communal concept that social wealth belongs to the masses of people who created it and that no one should have such an unequal amount of wealth that it gives him/her the capacity to impose unequal, exploitative or oppressive relations on others.
Sharing wealth is another form of communitarian exchange, i.e., sharing and cooperating in general. But it is essential because without the principle and practice of shared wealth, the social conditions for exploitation, oppression and inequality as well as deprivation and suffering are increased.
We work closely with the single and pregnant mothers of Liberia, and their children. Currently we are developing an education program for the women. Education is a primary concern here in Liberia.