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Entrepreneurship and/or Hardship


Majority of the young men and women who move to Bamako and other urban areas have a high hopes that they will have a better future and expected to find stable work and a comfortable life, and eventually have their family join them later. But most of them do not have better life than they did in the village.  Who not tempted for better life when his friends whom moved to the city earlier came back to their village with better look dress, a handphone in his hand and may  riding a made in China or Vietnam’s motorcycle wandering around. In actual fact, when they in the city, they have to begin from scratch and struggle to pay for things they normally used and easily available around them in the village.



Quite often they found a different and unglamorous reality. They goes from small job to small job, such as labourer, factory worker or hawker and barely making ends meet and sometime comes home with nothing.  The situation is no different for women and young girls whom migrating because of poverty and searching for better future. They find work as cooks, maids, nannies and hawkers in small businesses.


Entrepreneurship and/or Hardship

Adama and Mohamadou at work digging for septic tank



I first met Mohamadou Toure and Adama Toure in Bamako in early 2007.  Both of them were hails from Sikasso, moved to Bamako searching for better life.  They have no other skill except farming.  In Bamako they finally work in construction sector where their skills are required for digging the trenches or for septic tanks.  When I meet them, they looks happy as last year there were many works available for them to work with around Bamako.  Since the petroleum prices have been increased and the prices of construction materials also gone up, construction sector seems retarded. Last month they came to see me looking for any jobs.  They said they were without jobs for since February.



There is another group of unfortunate people, the ederly, handicap and less educated whom migrated to Bamako.  As they are mostly end up loitering Bamako and became beggar and homeless.  As one story said, at one night many years ago one rich man a philanthropist came to one mosque at Boulevard Of Independece.  Here there was a group of elderly beggars and homeless people and the philanthropist offered them the accommodation and jobs.  Since then more and more beggars and homeless people coming to this area hoping that they will have the same luck and opportunity.  During day time you have not see them except their bundles of belongings, but at night you would see a misery view of them sleep on the pavement.  If rain, they just only cover themself with a plastic sheet. 


Entreprenourship and/or hardship

A night view at Boulevard of Independence

That’s life, full of hardship.

This is the first series of Entrepreneurship and/or Hardship.  Next I will post the photographs in relation this subject.




8 responses to “Entrepreneurship and/or Hardship

  1. mamadou June 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Assalamu’alaikum Uncle Awang

    Gap between rich and poor so large. Country is rich in natural resources but the distribution. Our country too, fair distribution in wealth and opportunities still far from satisfactorily. We need one good true leader with “Jiwa Rakyat”


  2. uncleawang June 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Thank a Malaysian and such wonderfull country we have here.
    Reading yr blog reimind me of most Indonesian workers in Sarawak .

  3. mamadou June 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Dear Fathersez

    You are absolutely right mentioning that. We are blessed with so many great things such as climate, food, people, natural resources,…………

    Thanks for your visit and comments

  4. fathersez June 21, 2008 at 11:56 am


    A Bosnian once told that all Malaysians should thank God a 1,000 times each morning. I suppose Malaysians need to get out and see places like Mali and Benin rather than the US and UK.


  5. mamadou June 20, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Assalamu’alaikum Ayoh Awi

    Yes you are right. Even in Heathrow Aiport, London there are many of homeless people, pretend like the travellers but they are not. They are happy the way they are as they survive on government allowance.

    Yes we should not waste our food as supplies are decreasing. Thanks

  6. Zawi June 19, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Nice post. This should make some of us realise that we are better off than people of other nations. Ika said it right too.
    Even in Japan they have these homeless people who will be sleeping at the Tokyo Railway station with their bags near them. It was a shock to me as I thought that Japan being an advance country and everything is spick and span. In the daytime everything look spick and span again.
    I walked in a park near my hotel and I was shocked to see a man living in a shack made of scrap materials no better than the hardcore poor in Malaysia. Hey this is Tokyo, Japan and yet they have such a thing as the hardcore poor too.
    Another thing that I observe is that the Japanese never waste their food like we Malaysians do. They will eat every bit of food that is served t them. I have seen Malaysians leaving half a plateful of food at restaurants or even in their home after eating what they wanted to eat. Why? Because we have plenty of food to eat.
    Be grateful for what we have is my motto.

  7. mamadou June 19, 2008 at 12:00 pm


    In life we should live moderate but not to forget there are many others whom unfortunate but does not mean we would not strive for the better………….
    Thanks for your visit and comments

  8. ika June 19, 2008 at 2:35 am

    reading your blog, makes me realise how lucky i am , how lucky we are to have food in our plates, a roof over our heads. somehow it makes me feel like what i’ve been worrying / obssessing about these days were all nothing compared to those people you wrote about.
    thank you, for the heartily reminder.
    : )
    salam dari malaysia.

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