As a child, one of my favorite adults was Mummy Tolu. While growing up, she was a neighbor and what you could refer to as a ‘second mummy’. She asked all the important questions like “Is your mum back?” when my mum traveled and “have you eaten?’ when the answer was no.
When I got into the boarding house as a student in Junior Secondary School 1, it became a thing that Mummy Tolu would give me rolls of milk, milo, and some detergents at the beginning of every term up until my last year in secondary school. If it didn’t happen, then resumption was incomplete. It always happened.
I was a teenager when she lost her husband, and to this day, I am in awe of just how deftly she filled the shoes of being a mother and father to her 3 children. A business woman, she kept a roof over her children’s heads, kept them in school and kept their bellies fed.
Today, writing this, she is a grandmother of 1 and I can’t help but think of how life sometimes takes us on journeys we didn’t sign up for.
Financial Independence is an important part of having control over numerous aspects of one’s life, an area in which women are often more vulnerable in our society. Being financially independent does not mean one’s life is suddenly perfect, but at least there will be the space to make important life decisions without the threat of sustenance.
Butterfly Women’s Fellowship (BWF) is the official flagship project of The Butterfly Project. Under BWF, in conjunction with SkillNG, we will train married woman resident in Ibadan, Oyo State, in Graphics Design. The world of work is changing, and there is so much that can be done across borders and nationality.
As we grow, it is my hope that we can deepen our impact, expose some of these women to work opportunities (if that’s a path they want to explore), and businesses for others.
No matter what we do, the goal is this: to empower women and girls, so that they can explore their capabilities, earn an income and work towards a financially free future.
This is the first of many projects. I want to thank SkillNG, our first official partner. We will do many great things together.
I want to thank you, Ademola, for all of your help in fine-tuning my vision and cradling it to launch. Thank you so much. May the universe always provide shade for you.
I am exceedingly excited about The Butterfly Project, and look forward to its future.
Founder, The Butterfly Project.
Wow! This is a wonderful project. I’m sure it’s going to be a success. Keep it up, Tawakalit.
Thank you so much, Olalekan!
We are excited too. Well done!!!!
Thank you, my love!
Beautiful Ma Sha Allah! Well done sis! BarakaLlahu feek! I really can’t wait to be a part of this too.
Aameen! Thank you so much, sis!
I don’t even have what to type. I was just reading through and smiling for different reasons. May God bless this project and enlarge it beyond your imagination, and may He bless all those associated with this project. Well done Omolarrs.
I could never thank you enough for your love and support, Chidera. Thank you so much, baby’m. Aameen to your prayers.
This is remarkable!
When you are ready to stretch to Kano, do let me know abeg.
Thank you, Nana! Would you believe me if I said I already talked about Kano AND mentioned you as my point person even though I hadn’t spoken to you about it? I knew you would be in.
Tawamazing!!! Only one with a big heart like yours can. God breathes on this initiative and may it enjoy bountiful support. And may it above all make the expected impacted and expand in leaps and bounds.
AMEN a thousand times over! Thank you sooooo much, Precious.
This is one unique project. May Almighty Allah make it possible.. Well-done Sis!
Aameen. Thank you, Sis!
Awesome start! With you at the helm, the butterfly is sure to fly and awe and give life to those whose paths it crosses.
Cheers to impact! ?
May it fly. May it give life. Aameen. Thank you, my darling!