Success Story from Benin: Sara Idohou is Empowering Women and Youths


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Aye Femi Cynthia Sara Idohou was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in 1990. She was raised in Cotonou in the Republic of Benin. Sara is the firstborn in her family, which was something of a disappointment to her father, who had hoped for a son. Expectations were high for her when she was growing up. Her father always wanted her to be the best in everything. Ms. Idohou did very well in school, but always felt that she was somehow failing her family, especially her dad, for not being a boy and not following his will to go into medicine, law, or accounting, the fields he had chosen for her.

Sara briefly considered suicide during the time she was feeling that perhaps there was nothing that she could do to make her family proud of her. Fortunately, she realized that taking her life was not the answer. She had…

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