The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic inspired several Albanian-American women to join forces to help each other build their businesses and a successful career, without neglecting family care or full-time work. Colleague Burim Goxhuli talked to the founder of the movement for entrepreneurial mothers called Mompreneur and one of the participants in this initiative.
After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic many women lost their jobs.
Among them were many mothers who were forced to give up careers in order to care for children.
Seeing the situation, Albanian-American Ledi Vokshi, a mother of two, started a movement to help mothers build their businesses and work from home.
In addition to this initiative, Ms. Vokshi is a partner in an information technology company and the director of a foundation that helps sexually abused children in Albania.
She motivates other women by offering her example and practices, while saying that children do not hinder you on the path to entrepreneurship.
“My clients have a full-time job. They go to work in the morning and return in the afternoon, while they have their own business, until they are strengthened not to work for someone else. You find the schedule when you see the daily routine clean. Then you can say at this hour my baby sleeps, for example two hours in the afternoon. At that hour do not tell me that you will sleep and you because there is no mother in the world who sleeps when the baby sleeps. They are just social media tales. The mother does not sleep when the children sleep. The mother cleans, the mother cooks and clarifies every problem of the world. In those hours when the baby is asleep and you are awake, everyone has dishes to wash and work to do. You can find time for yourself. To work and build a stronger self “, says for VOA the entrepreneur Ledi Vokshi.
The movement called Mompreneur is a training group where mothers from different countries create a network of cooperation and thus overcome any challenge that arises.
“There are other mothers there, they do not seem lonely, so they are not alone. “And if it is not Lady 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer it right now, there is another mother who says hey, I also tried it, it did not work for me the first time but the second time”, says the founder of the movement.
According to the group for entrepreneurial mothers, the support of the husband is important, but women should not give up even when the support of the partner is lacking.
Ms. Vokshi says that women should not be satisfied with the success of their husbands.
“Many of us have stayed up all night saying we want to do something for ourselves. My husband is successful. His success is his success, not my success. My success is my success. It is the reason that makes me wake up at two in the morning, three in the morning, four in the morning. It does not matter “, concludes Mrs. Vokshi.
Ina Qema, a participant in this initiative, is a mother of two, works as a therapist and is now setting up her own online business which is a self-confidence course.
“Business helps all women to build self-confidence, to find themselves, to become more independent of themselves and to create that value for themselves, despite the fact that they can be mothers, engaged, can be women at home. , sister or any kind of role. It is time to do something for themselves, it is time to have that freedom of their own. So to have their independence through the lek “, said for VOA, the therapist Ina Qema.
Ms. Qema had come to the US 11 years ago with a dream to have a successful life. She continues to pursue this goal, saying that her two children only inspire her more.
“Normally everything revolves around your child. He or she is the reason you still need to motivate yourself to be a role model for your child, that you can achieve anything. The key is to find a way to manage and find that right balance between work, career, life, child, why not even spouse. Because there are three things you can not leave aside, so stop something and move on and move on to something else. So this is the balance that we must find together with time management “, says Mrs. Qema.
How important is the involvement of mothers in entrepreneurship is reflected in a study by Pew, according to which mothers of children under 12 lost 2.2 million jobs from February to August 2020, three times more than fathers who in the same period lost 870 thousand jobs.