From her weaknesses, Tigui Camara has made him an asset to evolve in an environment marked by the presence of multinationals. “There are many difficulties. First of all, the complexity of the sector, with long-term profitability that requires a good strategy and a clear vision. The political instability in African countries, which is not conducive to reassuring investors, has forced me to finance myself with my own funds. A particularity for a junior mining company managed by a woman. Undeterred, I am pragmatic and determined. An evil for a good because this operation allows me a total independence and the possibility to progress at my own pace. Through perseverance, I have learned to be respected as a woman and as an entrepreneur.
Tigui Camara defends his vision of management: “From my point of view, a woman is no better than a man in business management. Only leadership and skills matter. You can’t succeed because you’re a woman or a man. I firmly believe that success depends on the intrinsic ability of each individual. Being a woman in a male-dominated environment is a strength in my case. I naturally distinguish myself and draw particular attention to my activities. This is a significant advantage and an opportunity that I am taking full advantage of by focusing on the capacity, value and evolution of women in the mining industry. I know exactly what I want and give myself the means to pursue my policy.
An example for the future
On the strength of her position, she uses her podium to advocate on behalf of women. “My goal is to lead successful companies to give an example of success. There is no specific field for women or men. The important thing is to want to succeed. To do this, you must be passionate about your work, remain professional, educate yourself and have faith. As a mother, I have to be an example to my daughter and to this whole future generation. “A member of several associations, several times awarded for her career, Tigui is both the voice and the face of women in the mining sector. “I think I have opened a path through my humble participation. My example encourages many women to enter the field of their choice. The biggest challenge for women entrepreneurs today is to break down social barriers and find financial support and mentors to guide them. Africa has a young and growing workforce to transform our continent into a global economic power. The challenge remains equal opportunities for access to education and technical skills development for young people. ».
For Tigui Camara, learning must be lifelong: “My success comes from mastering and understanding my activities. This requires going down to the field. It is important as an entrepreneur to have some knowledge of all the different aspects of the development of his activities. Whatever the sector of your choice, you must be professional, courteous, disciplined and have an exceptional sense of organization and follow-up. It is never too late to learn. Take training throughout your career. Don’t be afraid of failure because you learn a lot from your previous mistakes. The important thing is to get up and go harder to achieve your goals. Challenging stereotypes! Feel free to step outside your comfort zone and overcome your fears, however legitimate they may be.