Fatimata N. Traoré, native of the Republic of Mali, West Africa, attended Lycée Technique, and L’Ecole National d’Administration. She arrived in New York City with plans to study architecture, began to work as a natural African Hair Braider.
She is licensed as a professional hair braider teacher of the profession by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. Ms. Traore is President of the Illinois Association of Hair Braiders (IAHB), member of the African Political Action Committee (APAC), and board member of the Association of Malians and friends of Mali in Chicago (AMAMAC). She also is a board member of Mali Non Profit Relief Fund that help raise funds for civilians in the war zone of Mali.
Ms. Traore, still wants to pursue her dream as an architect. In the meantime, she is working on opening the first african hair braiding school in Illinois to empower all braiders and to implement into after school programs to boost black girls confidence.