Eastern Region Chapters Collaborate Across Continents to Support Black Women in Business

Submitted by La Chenna Cromer

In a joint collaboration, the Southern Africa Alumnae Chapter (SAAC) and the North Jersey Alumnae Chapter (NJAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated held the closing session for the first cohort of the Pamoja Project on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. The Pamoja Project was a 10-week program launched on Nov. 6, 2021.

The Pamoja Project is the brainchild of SAAC charter member Soror Cherae Robinson. “Pamoja,” — the Swahili word for together, is a concept for how Black women entrepreneurs in Africa and America can grow more substantial businesses and build deeper bonds. Robinson’s desire was to find ways for these two groups of women to learn from each other as Black women face similar challenges whether on the continent of Africa or the United States. In her remarks at the closing session, she noted shared experiences, such as how to find investors, as well as other pathways to success as women entrepreneurs.

The project encouraged peer-to-peer learning and interactions using resources designed specifically for participants and a cadre of inspirational speakers. Robinson also presented masterclass workshops on how to fundraise. In addition, SAAC Soror Kyrra Hana Mosley moderated an inspirational and insightful discussion with panelists:

  • Dorothy Amuah, Founder and Marketing Director, Nomadic African
  • Lorna Johnson, Principal, Global Linkages Inc.
  • Stephanie Scott Bradshaw, CEO and Communicator-in-Chief of First and Last PR

The panelists shared their stories on how they began their journey to entrepreneurship; challenges they encountered when getting their businesses up and running; and how they created/established their networks to promote their businesses.

The Pamoja Project’s closing session was led by NJAC Soror Della Walker, Jr. who facilitated a masterclass titled “Planning Your Best Year Ever and Creating a Vision Board for Professional and Personal Life.” She also led a program recap and solicited valuable feedback from the first cohort of participants.

In total, Pamoja had 15 enrolled participants from three African countries and three states.

Sorors in SAAC and NJAC look forward to welcoming another group of global Black women entrepreneurs when the Pamoja Project launches its second cohort in coming weeks.

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