Pamoja is a Swahili word that means united. Pamoja Women amplifies the voices of women and girls of East African heritage as we unite the community. Women are the backbone of the family, and family is the foundation of the community. We work to empower women and improve their lives through various means. We empower women by building their confidence and give them the platform to create opportunities to build the future of their families.
Women from the East African region face challenges within and outside their communities due to race, gender, language, religion, and many others. These challenges create barriers that limit and prevent them from fulfilling their potential. As women from East Africa with families, Fatma and Khadija understand the challenges of the women from the region in the United States.
Based on personal experiences and desire for change, Fatuma and Khadija have been volunteering to provide resources and assistance to women in the community since 2018. They formalized Pamoja Women as a non-profit under the fiscal sponsorship of the Diversity Council in 2021. The organization exists to help women navigate the obstacles so that they can flourish and build their families.
To make a difference, we do not have to accept our circumstances, rather we must stand for what we believe. To all women out there, believe you are beautiful, strong, powerful, talented, able and capable of changing the world. We want you to always remember Pamoja will always have your back.