I do workshop sessions for women and children which aims at changing their lives and coaching service to unleash women’s passion to strive and fulfil their goal. I run my own child minding business; my own home and my own network marketing business.
Fatou is originally from Gambia born in Senegal where my mother came from. I came to the UK as a young 16-year-old girl; who had been separated from her mother and younger siblings. I came with my brother and his wife and their young children. At that time, I knew no English, so it was hard for me to communicate with people.
I remember being that young girl striving for jobs going from job interview to job interview with no proper English language. After all those efforts I returned home with little confidence however that did not prevent me from continuing my search. Finally; after searching the yellow pages I came across a nursing home and applied to work there. I was able to get the job because of my experience back home caring for my great grandmother and my nephews. Two years after starting this job I got married.
Over the last 20 years during my marriage I have 9 beautiful children. On having my first child I decided to go to college and learn English properly as well as gain some qualifications. By the time I had my fourth child things became difficult for me to continue my studies. I began to stay at home alone with little contact with my friends. I started to experience muscle pains; I became scared to be alone and started hearing voices. I became ill all the time. I lost my self-confidence and did not really know who I really was. This continued for many years until 2011; when the doctor finally diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. Which has no cure but suppresses the symptoms with medication used for depression. I began to travel out of the country every now and then trying to find my inner peace. Since this time, I searched for my true self-discovery as my life experiences were limited to being a wife and a mother. I realised that I had been busy with the children and other people’s happiness, so I lost all interest in myself not knowing what my hobbies were. In the last few years I decided to look deep inside me to reconnect with my inner peace; that is the only way that I could get happiness and my self-confidence back.