June 3rd, 2008 | By Sonnie Johnson
I’d like to see you try.
What would you do if your spouse walked out and left you penniless? What would you do if you couldn’t even get a bed in a homeless shelter?
ELON BOMANI, a black woman, raised on the streets of Philadelphia to a drug dealing father and welfare mother found herself there. Reliving the cycle set forth by her mother. She refused.
“I was not going to play the victim blame game. My greatest fear was that i was going to be in the vicious cycle that my mother fell into; a single mom on welfare.”
BOMANI, with her perfect credit, took a chance on herself. With nothing more than faith, hardwork, and a refusal to give up, she brought herself from homeless to prosperous.
“I believe in multiple incomes. Your not wealthy until your making money in your sleep.”
After investing in one property, she took that equity and bought a duplex. This was right in the real estate boom. So, she took her profits and moved to Houston, where she now lives well.
It would’ve been easy to get a check for ELON BOMANI. She could have applied for public housing and sat around and let the Democrats take care of her. Instead she decided she could control her future better.
She realized the social programs that didn’t push her mother forward, were not a path to financial freedom or peace of mind.
No one was going to hold her down. She had good credit, so she got a loan. If you opened a credit card account, maxed it out, and aren’t paying it, you’re not getting a loan because you are irresponsible. It has nothing to do with the color of your skin. The only thing that matters is the color of your money, and I’ve never seen someone get credit with foodstamps.
There is no magic man trying to hold you down. If you don’t have faith you can do it, write to me and I will give you all I have, because I know you can. I have had people tell me writing is not a real job. I’d like to see you try and stop my words.
So to ELON BOMANI, I say thank you for having the courage to follow your dreams, thank you for not following the easy path, and thank you for sharing your story. Now I have another example for those who say ‘We Can’t Do It’.