Hello, my name is Ivana, I'm seventeen years old and I am from Nairobi, Kenya. From a young age, I have always been interested in fashion and beauty. At one point of my life, I was dead set on having my own fashion house (which is still one of my many dreams) and I still have the sketches I made to this day. At the same time I've always had a passion for helping those in need. When I was little my mother would always make me pick out all the clothes that didn't fit or I didn't wear anymore and put them aside for donations to orphans. To this day I still do the same and try my best to donate where I can.
I would love to start my own skincare line, that I hope to expand into a full blown cosmetics line, whereby 30% of all profits go into different causes close to my heart here in Kenya and Africa as a whole. Here in Africa we have a nuisance of plastic pollution. I intend to recycle as much plastic as possible for the packaging of my products. I have identified an organization known as Kawangware Vision Centre, where the bags I intend to use for packaging will be obtained. In this particular organization, the bags are made by orphans and street children to help keep them busy to prevent them from getting into drugs and crime. The handles of these bags are weaved by single mothers from the Kawangware slum. I intend to showcase Africa and its cultures not only in the product but in the packaging. The products will also be cruelty free whereby no animal will be harmed to obtain any ingredient. It will also be halal for my Muslim brothers and sisters and all materials will be obtained locally thus making it a proud made in Kenya brand.
From the 30% taken I would like to start two projects. The first being, providing menstral care boxes to girls who cannot afford menstral care products. The inspiration to start this project came about when I was watching a documentary on YouTube. The documentary was highlighting the things that young menstrating girls have to endure. Most of the girls would end up missing school because they didn't have menstral hygiene products. Some were forced to use anything from tissue, old blankets and clothes to chicken feathers. This also led to the secluding themselves from their community during their period because of various cultural misconceptions about a woman's period. Later that month I saw a story of a teenage girl, who slept with a man in order to get him to give her money to buy herself pads, unfortunately she ended up getting pregnant and the man wants nothing to do with the her and the baby because he is significantly older than her. In the care boxes I would like to include reusable pads, panty liners, underwear and a few more things that will be of help to the girl.
The second came about from observation and different personal experiences on public transport. When i was about three years old my grandmother and I were involved in a road accident. My grandmother was holding me during the journey and she had her safety belt on but I only had her embrace to protect me. On impact she lost hold of me and somehow I got stuck underneath the chairs infront of me. Luckily she escaped with a bleeding nose and I suffered no injury apart from a few scratches. Later on im my life, that led me to question how safe the transport system was for parents with children and what I could do to improve it .Here in Kenya I have noticed one too many faults in the way parents with toddlers or infants, pregnant women and the disabled are accommodated within the public transport system.
My aim is to create a safe and easily accessible yet affordable mode of transport for them at the same time create jobs for the youth. I plan on soon starting a campaign exclusively for the transport by raising awareness online and contacting the ministry of transport to propose some improvements. With the funds raised, I plan to start my skincare line and grow it. It would mean a lot to me if you helped me achieve my dream of having my own business and helping my community at the same time. If you wish to donate but not through this site, you can forward your donation to this number 0113308540 via m-pesa. The name that pops up after your transaction is my mothers not mine. I cannot have an account registered under my name at the moment.
Donations of any amount are welcome,