When A Little Something was still just an idea and not yet an organization, the majority of the women who were interested were ethnic Bantu from Somalia. The Somali Bantu arrived in the U.S. with more challenges than most, but they had a solid community structure that helped them work together to navigate their resettlement and the overwhelming cultural differences they encountered upon arrival. The community was led by a council of elders, and Mama Moumina was the apex of that hierarchy. She was deeply respected and her opinions held tremendous influence in the Bantu community.
Mama Moumina didn't care for Colorado winters, so after two years in Denver, she moved to be with relatives in Arizona. We didn't see her much after that, but others in the community let us know she was doing well and was happily enjoying the Phoenix sunshine.
Today we mourn the loss of someone who deeply influenced our organization. Our thoughts are with Shamura and all of Moumina's family today.