Although forced to drop out of school at a young age, Isatou Ceesay seldom lets anything stop her from learning or taking action. She has worked for the U.S. Peace Corps office in the Gambia, the Swedish organization Future in Our Hands, and as a consultant for various development organizations.
Ceesay's recycling project, which began in 1998 amidst much resistance and taunting, is still thriving today. In 2012, she was awarded a TIAW “Difference Maker” award in Washington, DC.
She is humbled to be the subject of the new children's book—One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, written by Miranda Paul. Isatou Ceesay hopes it will inspire others to become change makers in their own communities.
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