In this New Year, we have decided to give ourselves fully to our family business and with a new name – The Twende Group. Twende means “Let’s Go!” in Swahili and it’s what we’d like to do for organizations working on the front lines of impacting the lives of the most vulnerable. I started this as Sagely Consulting in 2012 but on a part-time basis and I’m now thrilled for Brian and I to do this together.
This new work is exciting to us for many reasons but mainly as it is a culmination of our lives traveling and living in Africa to moving to Washington and working in government and non-profits. We have often wondered how our two “worlds” could merge…one world with dirt roads and tennis shoes in Africa and the other in business suits and uncomfortable shoes on Capitol Hill. Now we have found it! We are filling the gaps with groups who need help with communications, development and government relations. As you can see in our mission statement we “breathe life into new projects, fresh ideas into old ones, and the wisdom to establish lasting change.”
As we launch into this new phase of life we have been inspired by some entrepreneurs in our own family lines. My grandfather, Kenneth Sagely, started and ran Sagely Produce which was later called Sagely Trucking. My father, Kenneth Sagely Jr. and his brother, John Campbell Sagely ran the business hauling freight across the Midwest and while facing challenges of government regulations yet they kept it running for over four decades.
Going further back, my great-great-grandfather, John Campbell Sagely II, joined the Union Army in the Deep South despite his brother fighting for the Confederates and his house was burned down by his Confederate neighbors. He felt that slavery was wrong and he stood for what was right.
Brian’s family also has their share of business owners. Charles Halfpap, Brian’s great-great-grandfather, was a fishmonger in Chicago. He built it into a family business calling it Charles Halfpap and Son. Charles was able to keep his business afloat and it even thrived through the worst days of the Depression.
This family history has been inspiring to us and given us a sense of inheritance of hard work, integrity and entrepreneurship despite difficulties. We’re looking forward to this new venture…”Let’s Go!”