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For many years, I thought of what I could do to make the world a better place. Most of the time, I ended up feeling discouraged and overwhelmed with the magnitude of the whole idea. At some point, I realized that the reason for this was because I assumed that I didn’t have the financial resources to save the world. Well, I don’t. But isn’t that the excuse we all make?
I don’t want to make excuses anymore. Born and brought up in Africa, I know how difficult life can be for African women. I also believe deep in my heart, that the key to changing the face of Africa is tackling women issues. The Taa Foundation is a project whose objective is to help vulnerable women especially single mothers and widows to help themselves.  For those of you who have read my book, ‘Taa’ is the name of one of the protagonists and simply means lamp or light in Swahili!  The idea is to help these women to start an income generating activity or business by funding their business idea. I have done this before at a private level with measured success. While there is micro-credit banking in many parts of Africa, it is not an option for many really poor people.
I will keep you posted on what's happening in this regard....

Comments: 2
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    rahab (Friday, 26 April 2013 08:44)

    Gal,you and i know better about life in Africa and especially when one does not have an income.I find it a truly noble idea.Thumbs up carol for remaining an African away from Africa and keep me posted on this.

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    Martin (Thursday, 11 April 2013 11:05)

    Interesting I also work on a women empowerment project but which includes young girls, trying to promote their education by supporting their mothers through some economic activities to enable them pay school fees for their daughters. In the same area we also include schools in our programme to create safe spaces for girls to have time to study, in these safe spaces we provide books, sanitary towels (in something called magic bags) and any other related materials. For the mothers we also provide maternal health information and support medical service delivery