I had the pleasure of speaking with a kind hearted woman name Yolanda. She not only is a mother, wife, financial consultant, and author, but most of all a child of God. I enjoyed speaking with her and hope you will enjoy reading about her business ventures as well.
Question: Tell me about yourself.
Yolanda: My name is Yolanda G. Mukombe, I am the owner of YGM Consulting LLC and I provide financial services to individuals enhance their financial situation from birth to death. I also do business coaching and consulting to help individuals build entrepreneurship and expand their streams of income. I am a wife, mom of a toddler, and I am always looking to help people live their life on their terms.
Question: How did you determine that financial consulting was what you wanted to do?
Yolonda: I have been in the financial services industry for over 8 years. I realized that we are substantially under resourced and served as black women in the financial field. As time has gone by I have developed relationships with other women by helping them get their credit together, purchase homes, and become investors. I realized that I can cast my net wider across the US and Internationally to help more women by providing these services to help them with healing from past financial trauma. This would include having to depend on safety net programs, wage pay gap, trying to navigate around getting affordable health care and child care as well. I just want to be able to empower women to know that they can change their financial situation for the better. I want to serve as a resource through financial coaching to help women build their businesses with additional streams of income to generate wealth.
Question: How long has it been since you branched out on your own?
Yolonda: I branched out on my own recently but I have been offering services for about 8 years.
Question: Tell about an experience of when you helped someone?
Yolanda: About 8 years ago, I met a lady who was a young adult. She had the dream of wanting to become a homeowner but she did not feel as though she could because of her credit situation due to a past abusive relationship. I counseled her through the process in regards to what and when to pay off those negative items on her credit. She was able to get her credit score up and qualify to buy a home within a year of starting the process. We made a plan to make sure she purchased a home that would appreciate in value so that later the home could be sold for a profit. Low and behold the time came and she did not forget. She reached out to me about the plan and stated she was ready to execute the plan. She did have another financial transition but I reminded her of the plan and to remove the emotion out of it. Her home had appreciated by about $100,000 in five years. She put the home on the market and was able to make plans to save for her son, save for her retirement, and put a down payment on her next home. I was able to build her trust because she knew that I had the knowledge and I was working in her best interest. One of my biggest joys is being able to see a women overcome their financial trauma and enhance their situation.
Question: Where are you going to be working?
Yolanda: I have an office and will also be working from home in Greensboro, NC. I will be hybrid.
Question: Do plan on writing a book for financial services?
Yolanda: How did you know? I am an author. I have a devotional called “Don’t Forget Who God Is”. The devotional was birthed out of my own journey of financial transition. I am planning to write a financial devotional for black women and also a book on overcoming the financial traumas that we experience as black mothers.
Question: Tell me about “Don’t Forget Who God Is”.
Yolanda: My book is a 52 week devotional. I did not mention my own experience of having financial transition. In 2018, I became a mom and all of a sudden there were different transitions when the baby was six weeks old. My husband started a business, a year later my husband became sick, and after that he was in a really bad car accident. All of that was going on, and I felt like I was crushed under so much pressure and stress. One day it dawned on me that the reason I was struggling so much over the past year and a half was because I forgot who God was. God had taken care of us that entire time and I was worrying and trying to control things. I had really forgotten who God was in my life and knowing that he always takes care of us and shows up for us no matter what we are going through he is always there. If we ever feel disconnected from him it is because we disconnected from him, he did not disconnect from us. So I wrote the devotional to help other people who may be in a transition and feel disconnected from God. It is an opportunity to have a self reflection, heal from trauma, and reconnect with God.
Question: Where can we go to get your devotional?
Yolanda: The devotional can be purchased at ygmukombe.com. It is also available on Amazon. If you purchase through my website you will get a signed copy, a pen, and a bookmark.
Follow me Facebook and Instagram. I post bible verses daily. As a word of advice, if there is something that is tugging on your heart for you to do, do not let fear be greater than your faith. If there is a passion that you want to pursue trust God, because you never know what is waiting on the other side, or who’s life you will unlock from pursuing what God has asked you to do. Live out your purpose. Don’t think so hard about it, just do it!Yolanda G. Mukombe
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