Simona Kijonková grew up in a poor single family, today she gives millions For women

Simon, was this the first charity or commercial association?

First there was help, I did my first associative activities at the age of nineteen. Of course, at the very beginning there was help for my siblings, I have three and I took care of the sisters and made them a mother and a father, because I am from a single family. Leaving aside what we all do in such a situation, sort of automatically, as soon as I started earning money as a student, I decided to support adoptions in Africa, and it remains with me to this day. It was only after that that the company started and today also an endowment fund, so everything has a certain development.

It’s amazing what a woman can endure!

When you want, you go there. I have three kids, three siblings, an amazing husband, a huge amount of business, an endowment fund, but it’s all kind of tied together. I’m definitely not a perfect mother, a manager, and I’m not a perfect wife or wife at all. When you accept it and do the things you love, you can do anything!

At first glance, you wouldn’t think you were an Ajťačka!

I definitely chose it, I fell in love with it. If you are an architect and you design something, you draw it somewhere on paper, but if you are an ajťák, as soon as you start drawing code, you can easily create a website or a microsite overnight. How many times was it amazing for me to write code overnight, I didn’t even go to bed and maybe at five in the morning I hit the F5 and everything just jumped all over its splendour. We quickly see the result. It is also a kind of art.

For me, it’s a complete Spanish village, you have to be chic for that!

It’s love, you have to love it. Some people love painting, some people designing fashion, some designing. I like programming and now I need to design new products.

People who are dedicated to IT are often said to lack social skills, but that’s not like you!

I’m probably the exception to the rule, but as I move through this world, I have to say there are a lot of people like me. I know a lot of computer specialists who are very fit socially and very sexy. Then, of course, there are those for whom you don’t know if it’s financial or IT, just regular people. And then there are those who don’t like social contact, but that’s often a sign of genius. If you were given a lot from above, there was no choice for certain amenities. It can be the ability to deal with people. I’m not very good with computers, so maybe that’s why I’m more comfortable with people.

You mentioned your recent return from Africa, where you have (in addition to your own children at home) four other adoptees. Have they ever taken care of you?

Not yet, I correspond with them in English. Adoption consists in accompanying the selected child in his studies. I already have a doctor, two teachers, and now my fourth child is finishing school, and it looks like there will be humanities. I’ve managed to get all of these kids to the final so far, and it’s been absolutely brilliant. I show it to my kids at home so they can see how important it is. It doesn’t matter who you are or how much you earn, some can contribute five crowns, another five million, the main thing is when it comes from the heart. That’s not to say there’s nothing more, it just has other options. Teach children from an early age that there are different people, rich, poor, otherwise colorful, who believe in other gods. That’s what I try to make the kids more open, and then the world has to be a little better.

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You grew up poor, your kids rich, so you want to give them your code?

When you have scarcity it breeds creativity and quality, when you have enough saturation comes and you can fall into depression and stop enjoying what you are doing. Suddenly, your life may seem boring, you have already achieved everything, so what would you like? Another terrace, another swimming pool or four new designer dresses? It’s bad. So I don’t just give the kids money and try to teach them that they have to earn it. For example, reading books, they get a few crowns out of them, and I always tell them that they should share with someone else. We were recently at a charity event and the son encouraged the children from the orphanages to buy a present for the sister, and thus spent all the pocket money. It’s nice and I think a lot of parents should think about it.

I was interested in how quickly you reacted to what was happening in Ukraine. How have you already helped?

I have to say I cried a while ago. I employ both Ukrainians and Russians and Belarusians and I have 2300 employees, and as soon as you walk through that door, I don’t see where it’s coming from. The people here are right and believe in good things, so don’t judge. The second thing is that when you help fast, you help twice. When Karolína Bosáková called me saying she needed a bus to kyiv for the children from children’s homes and nursing homes, I didn’t even want to think about what would happen if we didn’t. let’s not help. There was a teacher with them and she took care of forty children! Now they called me from the Veronika Kašáková Foundation to tell me that they had the same situation in Lviv, and that made me cry. The orphans who lost their parents during the war hide in the cellars. We’re going to focus on that now, and if there’s anything I can do, it’s connect people who can handle the situation.

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