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    Adding beauty — and options — to a growing business

    Day 4

    All Made Up

    Hello, hello! The Changemakers 365 team is still in Hargeisa, Somalia, but we’ve left the orphanage. We’ll spend the next few days working with Yemeni and Syrian refugee entrepreneurs.

    We’re starting this next set of projects with Ikran and her mother Shukria. Ikran is a student at the local university, studying business management. But though she’s still learning, she’s already trying her hand at running a business!

    As a mother-daughter duo, Ikran and Shukria run a beauty salon out of their house. They primarily offer hair and makeup services for clients attending weddings, graduations, and other big parties. But they’re limited in what they’re able to offer because they don’t have all the necessary supplies. As Shukria told us, “we don’t make a lot of money from our hair and makeup work because we can’t offer a lot of the services that our clients request.”

    To help remedy this, we took Ikran and Shukria out shopping for additional makeup that they could use to attract new customers. They were particularly excited about one shop that sold organic and natural makeup, seeing this as an important way to draw new people in. Now Ikran and Shukria are set for the new year, and ready to offer more to their clients. Here’s to a beautiful year!

    If you’d like to support doing the doable and making change each and every day, make a donation to fund Changemakers 365.


    Meet Sam!

    Sam developed an interest in forced displacement, food insecurity, and identity while working on her master’s degree. She’s now using this knowledge to support Changemakers 365 across our country programs. When she’s not off on a work trip, she’s busy fermenting beverages, training for half marathons, or listening to podcasts at her home in Minneapolis.


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