~ Our Mission ~
To challenge and change the perceptions of African girls and women in the world today.
Teakisi as a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) in England and Wales means our business success creates a social impact: more growth means more profit to reinvest into good causes, communities and the environment. Community Interest Companies demonstrate that business success and social impact are not mutually exclusive but can be mutually reinforcing.
Teakisi joining the CIC sector means that community benefit takes precedence over personal gain which in turn helps us to continue to grow year-on-year, and increase the ability to impact upon some of the most challenging issues facing societies today. Teakisi as a CIC means keeping us fixed on the social goal of making a difference. It means tackling difficult social challenges using an ethical, and profitable, business approach.
Teakisi stands out for several reasons, but what truly makes it special is that it’s a platform dedicated to the everyday African woman. Realising the need for such a platform, British-Rwandan Salha Kaitesi founded Teakisi (pronounced Tee-ki-si), creating a space for African women to empower and celebrate each other, and to unite through their stories.
African women in general need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence. – Wangari Maathai
Teakisi continues to evolve in more ways that one, with the aim of empowering African women and connecting with the wider community, we have set up outreach programmes including courses which boost technical skillsets of African women, local community and our global network – as we believe that digital education has a vital part to play in peoples personal and professional lives. We also organise social events that bring African women, members of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic group, and the wider community together. With our outreach programs, we hopes to educate, connect, engage and build a community spirit. Presently, under the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, all our events are taking place online until further notice. For more on outreach, please click here.
What’s more, Teakisi is here to share the voices of African women. Most of our contributors are not “professional” bloggers/writers, they’re just everyday women with a story to tell and wisdom to share. Teakisi bloggers are university students, stay at home mothers, professionals and everything in between. Our platform is unique because our perspectives of our present is unique. We covers a range of topics; from the negative effects of the war in Burundi to the latest fashion trends in Cameroon. Our topics span the entire continent because we have gathered women from many different parts of Africa and given them a voice through our platform. You could say that, our special ingredient is our contributors.
One of Teakisi’s regular readers says;
‘the site provides a stable platform for women to unite, learn and empower ourselves. Most importantly, Teakisi is providing the space for us, African women, to celebrate ourselves, tell our stories, believe in the power of our individual and collective voice, and be comfortable in our skin.’
With a contributor list and readership spanning across the globe, Teakisi continues to positively influence modern perceptions of African girls and women worldwide.
Teakisi owes a huge thank you to our readership community, collaborators, individuals and businesses alike, for joining us on this awesome journey, and we hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our story.