The impractical and racist reality of other ppl's money having more value than African money keeps the brain drain in over drive. But this is not a deterent for african people because they continue to make a way regardless of the hierarchal forces that shape their economic futures. In many talks with my Gambian friends, investment is always the talk of the day over a hot brew of attaya. The many ways one can invest and make money is always of top concern. Because opportunities are in low supply but chance opportunity for someone to invest in them is also scarce. When visiting, you become more aware of the opportunities to invest, and create wealth in Africa that is certainly possible and deemable, but it doesn't come without its caveats and problems.
My husband and I tried several times to have a business in Gambia, and each time we failed, not because we didn't give it the good old college try but because there are many deterrents to doing business there, and trust is one the main problems. Finding people to trust to either run, work or manage your business is often very difficult, and you often find people are more concerned with what they can get out of the deal more than how they can help you succeed, even if you are helping them. But after several years and experience of being in the Gambia, we are more knowledgeable now, but like any business, one needs capital to make capital, and it is very difficult to accumulate capital in the Gambia, which drives many to leave if they can. For me this is my journey, I've had to return to the US to survive and to support my family and try to gain capital to establish a business there, to no avail yet, but that doesn't mean I won't keep trying. The reality is everywhere people need to survive and Gambia is no different, I have kids who are in school, gas to put in the car and food to put on the table, and to adequately do that, one needs adequate and consistent capital.
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