F3Initiative is an non-governmental organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of girls and rural women in Nigeria and Ghana. The organization also provides training classes such as coding for girls and entrepreneurship for rural women.
We had the opportunity to email interview the co-founder of F3Initiave, Sukurat Adenike Laguda Adelodun, and here it is:
- Tell us about yourself and your organization
My name is Sukurat Adenike Laguda Adelodun, I am very passionate about the development and empowerment of girls and women in general. For this reason, I advocate for them and also empower them through my organization known as FutureForFutureInitiative.
Future For Future Initiative (F3Initiative), is a non-governmental organization that supports the right of the girl child, trains girls on ICT, coding and digital skills, equips the girl child with educational materials, organizes vocational and entrepreneurship trainings for rural women. My organization also promotes good governance, accountability and women participation in decision making as well as organizing health talks and programs where women health related issues are discussed. (www.Facebook.com/f3initiative)
- How much did you need to start your organization and how were you able to raise that capital?
As a social entrepreneur, who is passionate about community development and making impacts in peoples’ lives, I did not allow the lack of resources to stop me from floating my organization and following my passion. What I did was to start small from my community and look for like minds that believe in what I do, which brought us to where we are today. We have been able to sustain the operations of the organization and implement several programs and projects through the support we receive from friends and family members coupled with the little we realize from the services I render to people such as media consultancy and training. We, however, seek collaboration, support and sponsorship from corporate organizations and other well-meaning Nigerians for us to execute our projects on a sustainable basis and keep making impacts.
- What are some of the challenges you face in your organization and how do you overcome those challenges?
As a relatively young organization, we go through a lot of challenges, which include lack of finance, language barrier, lack of sponsors among others. However, we do not relent in reaching out to discharge our duties the little way we can. We are open to support and sponsorship from individuals and corporate organisations.
- Where do you see your organization in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
In the next five years, I see F3Initiative recognized internationally as an organization working on the girl child and women empowerment and work towards the realization of the Sustainable Developmental Goals. We ensure this is visible so far in all we do by trying our best to impact peoples’ lives positively through our activities.
- What advice would you give other entrepreneurs looking to start a business or invest in Africa?
My advice to others, “Do not to run faster than your shadow.” No matter how big the vision you have, you should endeavor to start small and take it step by step. Seek for collaborations and do not aim at competing with others. By so doing, you grow and create relationship that will pave way for greater opportunities.
- How is your business participating to the development of Africa?
Since its inception, F3Initiative has been promoting the Sustainable Developmental Goals through participation and partnership in youth activities both in Nigeria and Ghana. As part of our vision, we intend to take our activities beyond the shores of West Africa.