I have just returned from a week in Bozeman, Montana serving as Executive Producer with Julia Yarbough Media Group, for post production on a video project to highlight a sustainable business model being put in place to assist working women in Nairobi, Kenya.
This is the kind of work my spirit is drawn to; the kind of work which validates years of journalistic growth and reinforces my conviction that our world is full of positive, life-changing and meaningful stories just waiting to be told and shared. I believe I am finding my true calling; Julia Yarbough Media Group, LLC is my vehicle to evolution. This is just the "teaser" video; I will be excited to share the finished video production in the coming weeks.
My work to produce the video about the GE Solar Powered Water Kiosk Solution by The HabiHut took me to Africa for what turned out to be an enlightening experience. The HabiHut, installed in one of the cities slums, the community of Gatina, is a project which is training women to use the water filtration system inside The HabiHut, giving the women access to clean, safe drinking water. The program is also providing them with practical business training. The women will be able to sell the filtered water, providing them with a much needed source of income. Early reports from my female (and male) colleagues on the ground, is that so far, so good...women are selling water and earning money!
What is it that impressed me most about these women? Well, for starters these ladies are faced with living conditions most of us could never even comprehend! No electricity, no running water and in many cases make-shift homes with mud and dirt flooring. Yet, despite this reality, the women I met possessed a positive spirit and attitude. Each day we were greeted with warm smiles, heartfelt hugs and a genuine enthusiasm to be involved with The HabiHut project. One woman, Mary, (seen here) told me she had suffered typhoid four times and somehow, she still had a positive disposition!
And just when I thought my admiration for my new Kenyan sisters couldn’t increase, I learned more about a companion business program called the New Tuenedelee Women Group. A handful of ladies are producing wares to sell for profit. The collection includes hand made jewelry, beaded baskets, greeting cards, silk wraps, aprons and quilted ladies hand bags. In honor of the perseverance of these women, I have challenged myself to help bring their products to a larger, world-connected audience. This is a shameless plug, but I am determined to figure out a way to further assist these incredible women in Nairobi.
My skills and talents are in media and journalism. I'm calling on other powerful, female entrepreneurs who might be able to assist me in bringing these women's products to our market! The next step for Julia Yarbough Media Group is to create a short film documentary about the Gatina women, The HabiHut project and how it is impacting lives. Female filmakers...let's make some waves and change the world!!