Women's History Month: Celebrating Isatou Ceesay

Women's History Month: Celebrating Isatou Ceesay

We continue to celebrate Women's History month and Global Recycling day by choosing one woman whose impact has been too large to ignore. A common thread to how these women live there lives has emerged; find your passion, don't give up, don't let anyone tell you no and change will happen. The inspiration I have felt researching and writing these posts has been immeasurable. Thank you to all the women who have paved the way before us so we may continue the journey.

Isatou Ceesay: Co-Founder Women Initiative Gambia and Queen of Recycling

A Gambian environmentalist and social entrepreneur Isatou Ceesay's story will resonate with many women who have had to overcome poverty and a lack of formal education to not only survive, but thrive. Choosing not to surrender and follow the expected trajectory of a typical woman in her community Isatou Ceesay started volunteering with the US Peace Corp and a training seminar in waste management inspired her to find a way to recycle discarded plastic bags, transforming them into purses, wallets and other useful items to sell. Co-founding Women Initiative Gambia expanded the recycling program to other materials and empowering hundreds of women in recent years.


Scroll down to our Inspiring Reads section to read more about Isatou Ceesay.

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One Plastic Bag : Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

One Plastic Bag : Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

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