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Malian

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Pahala, HI, United States / Agriculture

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Malian's story

I grew up in Kansas City, MO, on the edges of town. It was a beautiful place where I could travel 10 minutes in one direction and be at a mall with a movie theater and 10 minutes in the other direction to be in the woods neighboring a horse farm. As a little girl, I adored Laura Ingalls Wilder and so when my dad lost his job, it just stoked my pioneer spirit. My aunt's friends planted an organic garden in our backyard that I spent a lot of time tending, watering and harvesting. It taught me the dual lessons of both the power of food and the meaning of money. It was amazing to have food to give away - it made me feel so powerful and abundant. Yet the bleak moment when the credit card bill came showed me the need for responsibility in the relationship to money. The awareness was burned into me that money and abundance are very different things. Those were the days when I quit ballet class and started horseback riding, learning how to care for the animals. That was also a time when a kid like me could learn about desertification, climate change, agricultural pollution, and mass extinction from National Geographic Magazine. I read about how corporations stood in the way of measures that could avert the disasters that would surely come about as a result. I decided my mission in life was to create a home where I could nurture abundance and empowerment for a whole community of people.