How the women felt ?

Stephanie Mah
Posted July 21, 2018 from Cameroon
During the training.
Women following the procedure carefully.
With my sister Tunde assisting me
With my sister Tunde assisting me: She gave a talk on nutrition. (1/7)

I have always longed to organize a workshop for women in my community but the challenges varied from lack of self-confident, where I could start, fear and women will not listen or take me serious. A workshop where we could come together and share our talent, motivate, groom, nurture one another has always been my desire. Whenever the thought of organizing an event comes in my mind all my negative thoughts will surface and discouragement will overwhelm me.

I want to start by acknowledging the help of World Pulse in my life as a whole. Through world pulse I met a different world void of fear, intimidation, just to name a few. There, I read stories that motivated me a lot and that was how I slowly but diligently developed my inner self and learnt how to overcome my fears. I decided to organize a workshop, so I posted it as a resource on world pulse as an offer and then I came across a lady sister Tunde Legha on world pulse who was just beside my neighborhood and we did things in common and had the same vision. She has been working and talking with rural women on nutrition. I met her one on one and we talked about the workshop and what I was to present and she promised to be there and she came.

With the help of close friends and some sisters I met through world pulse, I came out with a date which was 13 July 2018, and a venue; new layout Mbengwi road Bamenda Cameroon. I went through neighborhoods mobilizing women, and even through personal interactions I told everyone I could about the workshop. In not more than three days I heard people discussing about it in a taxi where I was, so that gave me more energy and motivation.

On that day, the women came out in their numbers more than I expected, we began by prayer because God is the altar. We introduced ourselves and went straight to business. We talked to them about soya beans and its importance and how they could use the little they had to make more and nutritious food for the family and I equally talked to them on the importance of hygienic production of nutritional milk /food. Then we went straight to the production of soya beans milk;

  • Get a clean bold and pour in clean water
  • Wash the beans thoroughly, till it is well clean
  • Sun dry the beans
  • Take your frying pan, big one and fry the beans until ‘brown’
  • Take it to the mille and grind very well
  • From the mille, take it home and sieve it with a sieve
  • Your milk is ready for consumption.

Your soya beans should be conserved in a well dry container, where it can be corked when not using and uncorked while using. It can be added in tea, corn pape as milk, in soups like egusi soup, ndole and other soups as an ingredient and equally in any other food of your choice.

Among my guests were, wives and single mothers who were not ending much nor providing for their families or depending on their spouses and partners. I even saw some women I knew who were molested by their husbands and families, there in the workshop. I encouraged them and told them that if they want to produced then it should be neat , the packaging most be presentable if it is for marketing ,in other to make good sales and equally to keep their customers. I introduced them to a friend and sister whom I taught how to produce soya beans milk and how to market it in other to support her family even though she had another job. Her husband supported and helped her in the production and marketing of the milk. With the income, they manage their families very well and they are doing well in business.

At the end, they asked questions on the conservation and I told them and what I loved was when I heard a woman say she has tried so many times to learn how to produce soya beans milk but she didn’t succeed. But thanks to the work shop I organized she is able to produce it.

I was very happy seeing the smiles on their faces and we shared the powder milk we produced and we said our prayers and dispersed. They happily went home and with hope that I will organized more workshops where they will bring more women to come and learn new things.

I was happy that we all made it there and the event was a success, I equally want to thank every world pulse sisters who came especially Sister Sophie Ngassa, (my mentor)  and the entire team and I believe the best is yet to come.

 

 

This story was submitted in response to #WealthofWomen.

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Gladys Muthara
Jul 21, 2018
Jul 21, 2018

Wow, my sister your heart is like a blossoming flower, shining hope and light through education to women in the rural areas of Cameroon. You remind me so much of how we started our initiative TAP Africa, and how I usually feel when I visit different parts of my country and meet with young people and volunteers who have been making the dream come true. You are like pure gold, the best is yet to come, and the women will benefit more from your effort and inspiration. Wishing you many blessings in your journey.

Jill Langhus
Jul 21, 2018
Jul 21, 2018

This is great feedback, Gladys:-) Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and inspiring message with us!

Stephanie Mah
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Oh my sister,
Thanks for the courage, you are so pushful. Your words gives me strenght, it's true, the experience of working with women is good. I was happy seeing their smiles. Thank God because only him can say yes in all we do.ones again thanks for your encouragement.

Jill Langhus
Jul 21, 2018
Jul 21, 2018

Hi Stephanie,

Yay:) Thanks for sharing your post about how inspired and confident you have become since joining and posting on World Pulse. Love it! It's also great to hear that you collaborated with Tunde on this workshop.

So, what's next:-) I want to hear about your next event and adventure....

Stephanie Mah
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Hi sister Jill,
Thanks for always being there for me with your encouragement and directives. The atmosphere in our country is not the best this days due to political problems.when I will be coming up with the next event I will led you no.thank you.

Jill Langhus
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Hello there,

You're very welcome:-) Yes, I know.

Okay. I'll be waiting...:-)

Hope you are having a good day!?

Stephanie Mah
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Yes sister, even thoe we can't go out, we thank God we are fine.

Jill Langhus
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Too sad, but I'm glad you and your family are safe:-)

Tarke Edith
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Wao sister Stephanny you are great thanks be to God for your elfort and by his grace you will move forward thanks

Stephanie Mah
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Yes sister truly by his grace because he is the author, thanks.

Jane Frances Mufua
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Stephanie,

Courage . Keep the good work going. Mothers need this information to improve the nutrition of their family members and their young children. Keep it going.

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Thank you my dear sister.

Tecenta Achiri
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Hello dear sister
This was amazing and I believe many of us learnt from it.. Courage my dear

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Thank you sister love love love.

Corine Milano
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

Stephanie, this is amazing! Thank you for sharing it.

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Thanks so so much, am happy.

kyla
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Hi Stephanie, congratulations on your wonderful workshop, it was an amazing success. You have done so well to face your fears and follow your heart and in doing so you have already helped many others. I really look forward to hearing about your next workshops.

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Hi Kyla,
I will be organizing another workshop,but for now political problems in our country will not aloud us to fill free.your words of encouragement gives me straight.

amina_5
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Dear Stephanie
You are awesome. I enjoyed reading your story and how you were able to overcome them. I could connect with you.
Thankyou for sharing how to make soybeans powder milk. I'm definitely going to share with women in my community.

Deborah Munyekenye
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

Hi Stephanie,
Great lesson and thank you for training the women. God bless you.

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Thanks sister, love love.

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Hi Amina,
We are already connected, thanks for the encouragement, love you.

Tiffany Brar
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Hi Stephanie,
Training the women in all aspects can lead to a different world.
the efforts you doing is really appreciable.
God bless you in all your efforts
.

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Hi Ti,
Thanks for encouraging me.

Olubee
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 29, 2018

Dear Sis,
You have done wonderfully well by training other women. You have so much wealth and love. Keep sharing ,Keep training and keep learning.
Much Love.

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

I will, thanks so much, love love sister.

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 29, 2018

Dear Stephanie,

This is a wonderful story of determination and sharing such a valuable skill. You show how much a determined woman can accomplish! Congratulations!

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Hi sister Tam,
If not of the encouragement, I will have had no straight, thanks thanks.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 01, 2018
Aug 01, 2018

I agree! This way we have of being in touch with each other and supporting each other's journeys and work gives us all so much!

Stephanie Mah
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Amen

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Wow, Stephanie, you are amazing! I wish I can attend your workshop myself. I look forward to reading more of your journey!

I like organizing workshops, too. One day when my children are no longer dependent on me, I will do the same. You inspire me just as you were inspired by the stories of our WP sisters. Bravo!

Hugs.

Stephanie Mah
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Thank you sister Karen,
Your words gives me more streinght,I have always want to do more but it's not easy with kids,I pray they group and support my works. Love, love.

Tunde Legha
Aug 05, 2018
Aug 05, 2018

The workshop was a success, bravo

Stephanie Mah
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Yes my sister, I thank God,and pray for the next one to be thesame.

Ndimofor Aretas
Aug 12, 2018
Aug 12, 2018

Hello Steph,
First of all, congratulations on taking up the courage to finally do what you started out to do that is what growth and development is all about. I am glad that you are practicing the little tips and advice that you received during your time at SEEDS.
You are a true inspiration for other women in your community and I will be very glad to use your example to inspire other women I meet.
Keep up the good work!

Stephanie Mah
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Thanks so much Mr Aretas for your good words of encouragement, thanks to SEEDS. God bless you.

Selma Ndi
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

This is really nice Stephanie . I am also in Bamenda . When next you have a program, I'd love to be part.

Stephanie Mah
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Hi Selma,
Thanks for encouragement. I will inform you next time.

Aug 27, 2018
Aug 27, 2018
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Sophie Ngassa
Aug 27, 2018
Aug 27, 2018

My dear sis Stephanie and mentee, I am so proud of you. the courage you have developed in a short while is awesome! Please keep on sharing knowledge to better our community. Much love.

Bidda
Aug 31, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

It is very nice to follow you and read about the change you are making in other women life. Hopefully this time or next time, I shall be there when I am invited.