Got Inspired

Justine Nkengbeza Taku
Posted July 13, 2020 from Cameroon

For a long time now..I feel like I still do not understand what I am doing. I feel like I don't have clarity. Many people tell me starting up is always the most difficult part of a journey. 

For the past one year, I been on google trying to research and find ideas to help girls and women in my community not because I want to feel good about it or for people to see what I do. But because I want to satisfy that voice inside of me telling me I have a purpose, I fantasised on "if I had money" I will go to poor communities and throw big parties for children and women to have all they need, eat and drink and know that these things are not luxury.. because food is a necessity.

But again is this kind of help sustainable?? No.. because after the party they will go hungry again. 

I want to do something meaningful, something sustainable, and that will have have a larger impact in the society.

I grew up in rural community, with no roads, working odd jobs to buy text books sometimes and using towels during Menstruation. I just feel I have reached that stage in my life to give something meaningful to my community and especially girls. Fighting Menstruation poverty is in my mind, empowering the voices of young girls, grooming women economically and for them to stand financial independent is all in the dream.

All I need is somebody to tell me you can do it. I have the power to do it. You have the knowledge and therefore go for it.

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Jill Langhus
Jul 13
Jul 13

Hello Justine,

How are you doing, dear? I can hear your frustration. I've been there. Do you journal, or meditate, at all? These two modalities may help you gain clarity and help you to stay on course to fulfill your purpose, because, yes, you do have one, and you can definitely do it! You may even want to brainstorm about options, and I mean without filtering whether it seems feasible or not. I think a lot of times we are our own worst enemies, and that we shoot down ideas before even really giving them a chance. I think if you want to throw parties, throw parties, but like you said it may not be sustainable. So think of way that could make them sustainable, like offering training, even if you personally didn't do the training.

You may also want to consider finding a mentor, who you can brainstorm with, and also support you and hold you accountable, too. I noticed there is a new post on the "Resources" place that is offering free mentoring. I recommend checking it out, see if it resonates for you, and if it does, see how it goes. I'm eager to see if anything I suggested helps, or makes sense to you. This is the resource:

Hang in there, and don't give up on your dream(s)!


Aawwwee.. how sweet of you.
All I can say is thank you. You saw it all and sure your advice will definitely help. Let me check the link you shared and let see how it goes.

Many many thanks Jill

Jill Langhus
Jul 13
Jul 13

You're very welcome, dear.

I'm glad to hear. Please let me know how it goes, and private message me if you need additional encouragement or another brainstorm. Limbo isn't very much fun. Maybe it's part of being an entrepreneur, though. There could always be periods of ebbs and flows.

Hello, Justine,

How lovely that you are seeking your purpose. Isn't that the best way to live? You're on the right path!

I also love that you think deeply by asking "will throwing parties be sustainable?". Coming from a development perspective, it's better to empower your target communities by training them with livelihood skills than giving them one-time parties. Just like the Chinese adage that states, " give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."

Lifetime is more sustainable. I'm glad you already have the inspiration. One step you can take is to discover what skills and experience you already have and how can you use or integrate these to your menstrual hygiene project?

Please update us. I feel excited and happy for you. Hope you have a great day!

Dear Karen,

Thank you so much for the encouraging words.
For sure we need to sustainability. That is why I have to create something impactful.

Thanks again and I will put all your advice into practice.


Beth Lacey
Jul 15
Jul 15

Justine, you can do it! All you have to do is start. No matter how small, you will be helping women and over time your work will grow bigger and bigger!

Thank you so much Beth'

It means a lot and I will definitely do that.
Thanks again and best regards,

Anita Shrestha
Jul 15
Jul 15

Thank you for sharing


Thelma obani 2020
Jul 16
Jul 16

Jill Langhus has said it all dear. Lastly you will be alright eventually

Thank you

Jul 20
Jul 20

Hello Justine,

Thank you very much for sharing your story. You are obviously a woman with a mission, and you know what, do not be immobilized by indecision and self-doubt!!

Can I do it? Is it sustainable? Yes you can! Yes you can! Where there is a way, there is a will.

You have a noble idea; a noble mission, you just need courage to start however, small, and soon somebody will notice you, somebody will hold your hand and very soon, you will realize your dream. Gather all the courage within you, and start.

Sisters on this platform have already provided you with ample advice and I strongly encourage you to put their advice into action.

We are here to support you, morally, and we each want you to succeed.

So my dear sister, all power to you. Let's know how you are doing.

Dear Kabahenda,
I deeply appreciate your concern and advice. Trust me I will take all you said as an inspiration.

Thanks for the encouragement again.

Best regards,

Ellie E.
Jul 22
Jul 22

YOU CAN DO IT! I think it's amazing that you've recognized your desire to serve, and I know you will find an amazing way to fulfill your purpose.

I deeply appreciate Ellie,

Many thanks again.