Oh yes, I felt moved and empowered by the multiple feedback in black and white, in a glass with my name on it. These positive feedback affirmed my vision to restructure global cash-flow in the retail of consumer goods, to increase the income margin for people actually making our goods.
Here is a story of a Nigerian man who migrated to Lybia years ago but got stuck in the war zone. “I couldn’t go back to Nigeria – the way south was blocked – so I met some people in Tripoli who said they knew how to get to Italy.
Retailers do not only have power but also the largest portion of the cake, leaving about 35 - 40% of the money you pay for a shoe to them. They have to survive, just like Selema. They do not have side income, no daughter to sell to human traffickers!
For me, its the right of vulnerable individuals from Africa. Their right to a secured life as humans. Their rights to have a basic standard of living that we "the privileged" world citizen now consider "the norm", from where we judge the rest of the world. With the privileged, I mean those who can put on their taps and water runs out of it. Those who prepare for a pre-announced 10 minutes power blackout by lighting candles to make it memorable and romantic.
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