Erica Pugh - Professional Counselor
Our interaction with Ujamaa Solutions has been one of the most professional and thorough experiences we've had since delving into the business world.
Ujamaa Solutions team's knowledge of IT, marketing, and business planning is superb. Since collaborating with Ujamaa Solutions, our organization has increased visibility, attainted more resources and cash flow. We're currently on the brink on expanding.
Although Ujamaa Solutions' has several projects and clients, they give personal attention and go to great lengths to delight clients. After Ujamaa Solutions designed our website and completed our Business Plan/Market Strategy, the relationship continued to the next phase. They check in often, offer support, and make sure our organization is staying on target.
We would highly recommend Ujamaa Solutions to anyone who's thinking of creating a business or taking their current business to the next step. Project Prevention rates Ujamaa Solutions 5-stars.
Learn more about Project Projection at www.projectpreventioninc.org
Tassili Maat - Owner
In the winter of 2013 Mr Ujamaa Solutions (Mark), showed up at my door with solutions to render for my business, Tassili's Raw Reality Cafe.
When I first met him in January of 2013 at a speaker's bootcamp, facilitated by Mr. Chiki Akua, I had no idea that it was the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship. I was instantly drawn to the Ujamap, the organization design framework. Ujamap so clearly combines cooperative economics and map. The Cooperative economics comes from the Nguzo Saba. It's one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Then the obvious meaning of map. And then of course his own initials, Mark Anthony Pegues.
It took almost a year however before we were truly ready for what he had to offer. Tassili’s Raw Reality had just come through what I would say was the hardest year ever. We were in our third year in our own building and we were facing traumatic growing pains. That December Ujamaa Solutions was hired to help me transition more fully from being “self-employed” to becoming a “business owner”.
And oh my goodness, what a difference it was. Upon closer observation it became very apparent that Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe didn't have an infrastructure and had barely defined its own business practices. We used the “learn as we grow” model. LOL. In fact we were defying all the odds! Mark was so impressed, yet so baffled that he felt utterly and completely compelled at the same time to jump in where he fit in.
During the three-year sojourn with Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe, Mark wore a variety of hats from IT, strategist, financial adviser, bookkeeper, cashier, dishwasher, and confidant just to name a few. It could even be said that he did general management because he was our interim general manager before we actually had a general manager.
There were many times that Mark and I were diametrically opposed. However after time and experience I had to later come back to let him know that he had been right. For all intent and purpose, he helped navigate the company through rough waters with his leadership skills and ancient-future vision. While I dare say that he often ran out of patience, he would always find a way to dig deeper and find a whole lot more. Ujamaa Solutions truly helped Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe get to where we are now. It was a six-figure company he successfully moved to 7 figures and we are now poised to turn a profit.
Mark continues to occasionally advise me, Tassili Ma’at, CEO Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe, as a colleague and a friend. Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe is known as an industry disrupter as it takes its place as a trendsetter helping to make kale the hottest veggie in the country. Our Punany Wrap was voted in the top 25 best food items to eat in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing 2017.
What fueled Mark Pegues to so diligently assist Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe development? it definitely wasn't the money. We couldn't afford him. He literally worked for pennies compared to the value he created and the opportunities outside the community he could have pursued. It was his passion and commitment to the financial health and consciousness raising of our people, Africans in America and around the world.
Would I recommend his services? Absolutely! Although he won't work with just anybody, Mark is committed to dealing with companies that have a strong sense of purpose to better us as a people and keep on moving us closer to freedom. Asante sana, dua! Ujamaa Solutions. Conceptualize, visualize, actualize, materialize, realize.
Learn more about Tassili’s Raw Reality at www.tassilisraw.com