Story by Memory Chamisa
EVERY woman wants to look good and putting on makeup allows them to discover hidden beauty through enhancing their facial features.
Not only is skincare a routine, but it is also a practice of kindness to oneself and young women from Epworth and Ruwa have benefited from an intensive training programme on cosmetology which is meant to empower vulnerable groups.
Having gone through specialised training, the sky is the limit for these women.
“I was seated at home with nothing to do and when I was told of this programme I saw it as a way of earning a living for myself and not just look up to people to assist me.
“I am now empowered and excited about the new skill I have acquired and the wedding season is coming meaning I will make money out of it.
“We are very grateful for this initiative. It is life-changing. Most of us are single mothers and we are unemployed. This project will make us self-sufficient,” said beneficiaries of the programme.
An initiative launched by renowned Hollywood make-up artist Jacque Mgido and local businesswoman Zodwa Mkandla, the programme is set to cascade to other cities.
“I am so proud of these women as they persevered in learning how to make money in the cosmetics world. This is an industry that can change one’s life if one takes it seriously. Together with Zodwa’s organisation we are giving them kits and training them so that they can make their own money,” said Mgido.
“This is not just limited to Harare but I am taking it also to Bulawayo my city as we continue to empower these young women. They need to know they need to be hands-on and not wait for handouts,” said Zodwa Mkandla.
A total of 16 young women received certificates and startup kits that will help them generate income and sustain their families.