Maimouna Gueye Fall | Senegal
What do you do in your home country and what do you hope to do upon your return? In particular, with the integration of your experiences here?
What I am doing is I am working as a project manager for AfroKids, which is a children recreation center that I founded in 2015. It started as activities every afternoon for kids in my neighborhood before we expanded with services for orphanages, hospitals, public schools, and even private schools, kindergarten, and primary schools.
I hope to expand this business and open up clubs that will reach people who are not living near my neighborhood as well. Also, to return and be able to apply what I am learning here. There is not a day here that there is not something that I can learn to apply to my business model and adapt to the work that I do in my country.
What is your favorite thing about your home country? How about Philadelphia?
My favorite thing about my home country is that everything is challenging, but in a good way. There is so much to do and so many things that we can work on that I am excited to involve myself in.
My favorite thing about Philadelphia is the buildings. That mix of the old and the new close to each other makes the city really interesting.
Do you have any hobbies or an interesting fact you wish to share about yourself?
My hobby is going to the gym. I am part of a workout group that goes to the gym and goes on jogs together. Every month we organize a tea party where we talk about fitness as well.
If I were to come to your home country, what is the first thing I should eat?
Thiebou dieune – This is our main dish. Tomato and fried rice with fish. It is like our equivalent to the Philly cheesesteak, it is that dish that if you ask anyone in Senegal they will know about it.