Established in 2004, Musuyanama is a non-profit women’s organization that aims to establish healthy networks between its members and the greater Newark community. Deriving from the West African language, Diuola (Dy-u-la), Musuyanama, meaning “Beautiful Woman,” is a plateau that aspires to unite women of all races, backgrounds, and professions and provide for them a platform to be heard. Its founders, Rafiah Muhammad and Vonetta Reeves, launched Musuyanama with the purpose of bringing women into full participation in society — sharing success, advice, and offering services to other women around the community. In August 2008, Musuyanama was recognized as a non profit organization by the federal government and was given the 501 c3 status.
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