“I want to inspire young girls,” Saily told KCCI Des Moines. “Young girls feel like they’re underestimated and they don’t have the ability to do most of the things they really want to do.”
According to a report by KCCI Des Moines, Saily’s artistic journey began at the age of 7, initially as a hobby crafting gifts for loved ones. Over the years, her passion evolved into a thriving business known as “Saily’s Swag.”
Saily’s Swag is a collaborative effort within Saily’s family. Working closely with her mother, Rohey Sallah, an entrepreneur with her own Gambian cuisine catering business, Saily’s art is now showcased alongside her mom’s Bah Kunda spices at various vendor opportunities in the Des Moines Metro.
“People started asking me, ‘How do you season this? How do you season that?’ So then I decided to start doing my own spice blends,” Sallah shared.
Saily’s mother couldn’t be prouder of her daughter’s accomplishments:
“Nobody can tell you what to do and nobody can draw your path for you. But you’ve got to draw yourself your own path.”
As Saily continues to make her mark in the world of art and entrepreneurship, her story is an inspiration for all, especially young Black girls, reminding us of the strength that lies in self-expression and determination, regardless of age.