Category Archives: Africa

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African Market: Local Solutions and Sustainable Development

In Africa being a rural dweller means you rely on your own talents, knowhow and centuries old solutions to daily problems. There are no good roads and often unreliable government solutions and no International NGO to solve recurring problems. The solution and ingenuity comes out of community dependence on each and age old solutions that have been used for centuries.
Whether there is a famine or a drought or some unnerving pandemic of disease, these solutions are what safe millions of rural Africans from disappearing into the disparaging abyss of poverty and it’s after math. It’s these solutions that should be embarked on by anyone doing development work in rural towns and villages. Often there is a huge gap by the international NGO who are unknowing of the needs of these silent rural towns and unable to reach them. Rural areas in Africa deal with a lot more poverty, a lot more hunger, and no healthcare facilities to speak of. In Africa persistent issues of poverty that ails big cities, is most likely to eliminate and destroy rural dwellers. Rural dwellers are silent and hidden. For centuries they have relied on their skills, local talents, traditional methods and these skills are still working when everything else fails. Some age-old solutions used by rural African communities are:

• Selling to each there – a small shop in the neighborhood often serves that neighborhood with their daily needs. For women with limited time and many responsibilities being able to buy and sometimes borrow from the friendly neighborhood store is a blessing
• Helping each other – when a family is need the whole neighborhood comes through for them
• Being each other’s money keeper (Banks) – there are the auntie banks who hold money for others. This is a trusted system that works well without the fees and drawn out outlays of money
• Saving schemes – people pool their money together and each member of the pool collects an average saving of six to seven months on agreed upon timeline. This is a great way to safe money for big projects
• Lending schemes – People lend each other money without much constrains on family income on a trust basis. This saves individuals who are already struggling to not pay outrageous fees
• Helping hand from remittance – many people rely on remittances from family living in the Diaspora.

These solutions often become the saviors of the day when tragedy struck and things go weary. It’s important to note the strengths of the community and work through these local solutions whether you are a small-scale community organization or a large International NGO. These local community solutions work best when enlisted. Best practices and sustainability development must learn and include these methods in their own programs.
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THE SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN WOMAN

The Successful African Woman

It’s essential to draw up a “things to do” list on a daily basis and set priorities in executing them, making sure that any unfinished task get posted to the next day’s list”. – Folorunsho Alakija self-made oil tycoon from Nigeria.

African women are making huge strides in the business world. We have an amazing array of headline makers like Folorunsho Alakija, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mimi Alemayehou, Lupita Nyong’ and Warsan Shire just to name a few. These African women are in some of the most competitive arena today. They are writers, entrepreneurs, human rights activities as well as billionaire businesswomen who have single handedly cut through a world of unequal pay and a glass ceiling that refuses to crack. One can succeed in this arena if one sets her eyes on the area where she wants to shine. Success doesn’t come to people easily, even for those with family wealth and many connections, there are habits and believe systems one must adopt in order to change every No to a huge YES.There are many essential ingredients to becoming not only successful but also purposeful in today’s fast paced technology driven ever so competitive world. Here are few habits, practices and attitudes that prove success.

Start Somewhere

Successful people take every step of their work life as an asset they can draw from later. Never think a job is too small for you. You gain something from every experience. Be professional and develop positive attitude while doing jobs that may not lead you to be the CEO of that company. Learn from your boss and pay attention with the mind set you will take something of value from every job.

Toot Your Own Horn

If you don’t talk yourself up, no one will. You must be confident and ready to sell your idea at any point, without being too aggressive. You don’t want to make people flee from you, do it in a tasteful manner.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask For What You Want

One of the most important aspects of being an African woman is we have been told for years to keep our voices down. In this day and age, if you don’t ask for what you want, no one will read your mind. Be brave and ask for what you want, there is nothing to loose here. Train yourself to be forward with things you need whether it’s a promotion, a sales account, a favor to recommend you for that next job etc. There is an African proverb that says ‘ Even a mother forgets to give to a quite child.’

Be Frequent and Constant

If you want to be part of a world of influence, there is no sitting around and waiting for someone to recognize your talents. You must contribute something of value that can be noticed. If you are aprocrastinator, then you need to train yourself to be more action oriented.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Make a personal achievement plan for things you want to accomplish in one year, two years, five years etc. Put your ambitions of why you want to accomplish those set of things and why. Seeing believes, if you commit your plan to paper, it’s easier to take action and make it real.

Build a Reputation.

Blog, or volunteer or write an article or guest blog for some one in your industry, whatever it takes, be visible and be known and get your name out there. This is the best way to connect and get to know people in the industry you are trying to join. This is how you become an expert in the field.

You Are Never Too Old

The only unsuccessful road is the one not taken, be bold and get into it now. It’s never too late and there is no such a thing as too old, too poor or too anything. If you have an idea to sell to the world, a book to write, a product to develop now is the time. Do it now matter your age or geographical location.

Have A Positive Attitude.

Stay away from negativity, delete negative toxic friends, and surround yourself with positivity people. Don’t be entitled or lazy. Don’t doubt yourself. Accept your mistake and learn from them. Forge ahead and remember you can achieve anything you set your mind on. The only obstacle is the one you set for yourself. Be passionate and persistent.