“Once you have started something as a leader, there is no need to give up because if you give up, you were not meant for it.” ~ Carol Odera
Today’s guest is Carol Odera. Carol is someone you probably haven’t heard of but in my book, she is moving mountains and doing things to change a community, likely more than one community, in Kenya.
Carol is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow. This program, started by former presidents Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, recognizes young African leaders between the ages of 25 and 35. As part of the program, Carol spent her summer at Rutgers University in New Jersey before stopping in Seattle on her way home to Kenya, which is where she is now.
Carol holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.
But these accomplishments barely scratch the surface of what she’s trying to accomplish at home. There she’s trying to change a culture. In her community near Lake Victoria in Kenya, she’s educating the women and encouraging them to find sustainable ways of living through a variety of resources beyond selling fish, which is pretty much all they’ve ever known.
As you might imagine, it’s no easy task to change the ways of a culture and we talk about the difficulties she encounters.
Carol really takes us into what it’s like to be part of her culture from the expectations of her being a first born child to how her community thinks of her as an educated woman who has also spent time outside of Kenya.
But she relates well to these women given that she herself grew up in a slum and watched how her mother relied on selling fish to feed the family. So now in turn she’s helping women who do the same.
Please enjoy this conversation with Carol Odera.
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