From a simple idea, using the space and/or time women and young women have to do their hair to challenge them to become changemakers, Ashoka Africa and the Salon Maodo Malick Dabakh are designing a multifaceted initiative “Changemakers Salons” with the goals of setting a trend across the continent and make it fashionable to be a changemakers. In clear to have the confidence and to act and participate in making positive change happen.
The latest gathering organize at the Salon M.M.D on August 28th 2014 mobilized more than 30 people and allowed a profound intergenerational dialogue. The age varied eighty two to seventeen years old.
The entry question was what’s your dream? Then Kine Dieng the salon owner’s bio was read and used to spark a conversation about disability and change-making. Life transforming testimonies were shared by people with disabilities about how they manage to face their challenges and contribute to their society.
Why Kine? Because she is not just a regular hair salon owner. With a disability in the legs since the age of three due to poliomyelitis, she didn’t enroll school as a child. When she first went to pay for training to be a hair-dresser the owner of the school refused to take her.
Today fast forward many years later, not only did she get her diploma in hair dressing from the school that refused her, she runs her own a hair salon, gives training for young women as hair dressers, and manufactures a line of sexy lingerie and is a food producer as part of the movement of urban gardening.
She always give thanks to mentor like Ndeye Dague Gueye Dieye https://www.ashoka.org/fellow/ndeye-dague-gueyeand Annette Mbaye d’Erneville. https://www.ashoka.org/fellow/annette-mbaye-derneville
Kine has identifies was the lack of drive the lack of change-making skills in the young women is set to find a way of using her hair salon a learning place.
The “changemakers salon” initiative has been launch with the support of
- Nyara bio Dr Aicha Conte http://www.nyarabio.com who help redesign the physical space of the salon
- ISM through the student that provide with student interns to work on the project http://groupeism.com
- How Fund where Sasha Rasbey http://www.howfund.org has show interest and gave seed fund to support the pilot
At the end of the gathering young women were invited to come for weekly small discussions to on their dreams and to find ways together in making them happen. The monthly gatherings will be continuing are intended to get larger as time goes.
Next month discussion will focus be on nutrition
The initiative is looking more partners locally and globally to develop the pilot and to get to a bigger phase and to support young women reach their dreams.
Our vision is To advance an Everyone a Changemaker world, where anyone can apply the skills of changemaking to solve complex social problems.
Our Mission: To support social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers, in a team of teams model that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society. Ashoka believes that anyone can learn and apply the critical skills of empathy, team work, leadership and changemaking to be successful in the modern world.