This book is about the story of how eleven low income women living in poverty managed to face their fears and launch their own businesses. These women wanted better lives for their families and with the entrepreneurial skills they possessed, they managed to connect with the resources available to them, to better their situations.
The women; America Ducasse, Roselyn Spotted Eagle, Lucille Barnett Washington, and Sheela Drummer, Jeanette Bradshaw, Sharon and Michelle Garza, Jackie Clark, Yasmina Cadiz, Ollie Barkley,Danielle Franklin come from different back grounds and situations. Some were married, some single and some widowed, but they all had one common goal, to make a better life for their families. Most of the women used their business as a means to supplement either part-time jobs or low paying jobs. There stories were truly inspiring to read and even though this book was published in 2004, the principles still apply to today, Most women, mothers especially, want to improve life for their families and it just so happens that for these women it was the adventure of going into business for themselves.
When Danielle Franklin's husband suddenly died she had to receive government assistance to support her and her daughter. She gradually made enough money to ween herself off of the assistance. mother and Daughter team Michelle and Sharon Garza, who are Mexican-American started a food service business. America Ducasse a Dominican Republic immigrant, spent a year on government assistance before starting a daycare business. Jackie Clark spent ten years on government assistance before beginning her nursery business.
This narrative is told from the perspective of Marie C Wilson and Sara K
Gould, members of the Ms. Foundation for Women. The book written by
Martha Shirk and Anna S. Wadia, tells the story of the obstacles and
challenges the women face and over came.
You get to know a little about
each woman and their families, you get to see how they faced the
challenges and came up with creative ideas to overcome each challenge. You really can't read this book without feeling inspired. When you finish it makes you feel as if obstacles can be overcome. You feel stronger to face your own personal financial set backs. Even if you do not want to start your own business it makes you want to get up Monday morning and say I'm going to be the best darn employee I can be and for those who have had the dream of starting their own business will definitely find this book an inspiration.