Today we’d like to introduce you to Caleine Ajusma.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, my story isn’t an easy one to tell. It started with a young woman grappling with the idea that she was molested as a child. Yes, you read that correctly. I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse!
In the fall of 2013, I attended a 13-week survivor-led support group and it changed my life in the best way. It was one of the hardest but best decisions I ever made. After that time, God began to burden my heart with a desire to help other women walk through healing. I attempted to drown out the noise because I was afraid and I preferred to remain in the shadows.
In the spring of the following year, with the support of my closest friends (my Village), I founded Isaiah Sixty1 Project. An organization dedicated to education, prevention and advocacy efforts against sexual abuse.
How I got to where I am today? That’s a great question. This work would not have been possible without my faith and support of my family, friends, and strangers. I say, strangers because there were people whom I never cross paths with who would attend my events or send me notes of encouragement. You never know who is watching you.
My organization is 4 years old now and we are still learning and growing each day. We have been able to do some great work in our community.
Has it been a smooth road?
Smooth road, ha! No such thing! A few struggles along the way were doubting myself, being a team of one for three years, sacrificing time with friends and family to work on projects, juggling a full-time job, grad school, and an organization, and feeling alone in this work. Although my friends were supportive of me, I felt alone in my passion for social justice and women’s rights.
One of the most challenging aspects of this work is dealing with the fragility of survivors of sexual abuse/assault. I’ve had to sit with women who were really broken. I have listened to countless stories, cried with women and hold their hands as they walk through healing.
Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. One of the greatest lessons I’ve had to learn is that comparing myself to others is detrimental to your soul and business.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Isaiah Sixty1 Project story. Tell us more about the business.
Isaiah Sixty1 Project primarily speaks to women of color specifically those from the Caribbean. Our board is comprised of dynamic women who are also survivors of sexual abuse.
We use art and our Christian faith to promote hope and healing to survivors. Our organization specializes in telling stories beautifully, courageously and unapologetically. We hold an annual monologue production in which the cast share their own stories in hopes of liberating others to do the same.
- Website: www.isaiahsixtyoneproject.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isaiahsixty1project/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/isaiahsixty1project/
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