The Aminata Fund is named after the protagonist in Lawrence Hill’s, The Book of Negroes (translated in French as Aminata). This best-selling novel was the winner of The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and CBC Canada Reads, and is now being adapted for the screen.
The Aminata Fund of Crossroads International honours the resourceful and resilient spirit of the fictional Aminata and enables vital programs that assist today’s African women and girls to achieve autonomy and reach their potential. Your gift to the Aminata Fund makes a contribution to:
Resisting Violence and Finding Freedom:
Captured from her home in Mali in the late 1700s and sold into slavery in the American colonies, Aminata Diallo must maintain her hope and spirit in spite of the violence of her situation. The Aminata Fund helps girls resist violence today through Girls Empowerment Clubs, and supports recovery and self-esteem for victims of violence in forced marriages.
Women’s Business and Entrepreneurial Development:
Developing essential business skills and marketing them is crucial to Aminata Diallo’s survival and to creating opportunities for herself and her community. The Aminata Fund enables women’s work and economic progress by supporting local women's cooperatives, such as the Coprokazan Shea butter cooperative, that help transform traditional work into decent jobs.
Women’s Legal Literacy and Political Participation:
Aminata Diallo tells her story to ordinary people and politicians, in order to expose injustice and work for her people’s freedom. The Aminata Fund helps African women to become educated and active voters, political candidates and representatives through programs like Bikes for Ballots in Ghana and improves women’s legal literacy so that they have access to justice when confronted by domestic abuse.
Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea in a coffle - a string of slaves - Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic "Book of Negroes".