The Kuburah Diamonds Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, has launched a Zango Women Livelihood and Empowerment Programme (ZANGWOLEAP), to support women in Zongo communities with entrepreneurship skills.
The programme which was on the theme: “Empowering the Zango women into building financial freedom through skills development and capacity building” took place at the Nima-Mamobi Community library in Accra. At the launch, 50 ladies were selected to be taken through a month-long make-up artistry training, during which intensive lectures on marketing, branding and book-keeping will be organized for the participants.
Founder and President of the Foundation, Adizah Ibrahim Sadiq, also known as Kuburah Diamonds, narrated that ZANGWOLEAP came about because she wanted to go beyond writing and supporting with money to getting young girls empowered through make-up artistry. “Although the market is saturated, it depends on how you do it. Just like the tomato sellers in the market, everyone makes ends meet, you just have to be smart by subsidizing your prices since you are an amateur,” she said.
Ms. Adizah, who is also a Womens’ Choice Awards nominee added that not everyone will be seen in the office space or doing white-collar jobs. Some haven’t gone to school but they can offer something useful with their talents. “If you have not gone to school and gotten the certificate, you can also do something with your talent. It is not all of us that can be seen in the office spaces,” she continued.
Alhaji Rabiu Maude, Social Entrepreneur and President of Zongo Inspirational Team (ZIT) encouraged participants to speak up on what they want to do. In addition, he entreated them to break all barriers in their businesses including language hurdles. “I encourage you to take advantage of resourced people present at the here to make an impact in your lives get all the details you need to begin something on your own,” he concluded.
ZANGWOLEAP was partnered by six makeup artistry companies comprising Fabloox Makeup Artisry, BallyQueen Beauty Studio, Biya’s Glam, Glow and Glitter, Leedean’s Beauty Parlour and Beauty Spot. The partners, in their remarks, laid emphasis on key character traits such as patience, determination, passion, to-do-will and humility in order to achieve success.