By Style Reporter
Harare cosmetologist Lieta Ncube is empowering vulnerable girls and young women through her corporate social responsibility arm Tayaruka Foundation Trust.
Ncube, who operates a cosmetology business specialising in hair — The Wig Centre — told Standard Style that she was reaching out to disadvantaged girls and women with life skills to capacitate them during this time of Covid-19.
“At the moment we are targeting girls and young women especially those with disabilities because we feel they are the most disadvantaged during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Ncube.
Ncube said Tayaruka Foundation Trust is working in partnership with The Wig Centre Academy, which is facilitating the skills training which includes a three-week hairdressing education programmes.
She said the training also encompasses income-generating skills, which she believes lack among people with disabilities.
“My vision is to change the perception of society to the mindset that persons with disabilities have the same potential as everyone,” she said.
“I want to motivate persons with disabilities to be independent, empower them and help them fully realise their potential.
“We are partnering various corporates to assist with the imparting of the life skills, thereby moving away from the charity model with which society views disability.”
Ncube is looking forward to seeing Tayaruka Foundation Trust grow and cast its net wider incorporating other vulnerable groups across the country.
“We wish to have more partnerships with different stakeholders in making women and girls with disabilities and the marginalised realise their self-worth and promoting economic empowerment,” she said.
Ncube, who also owns a beauty spa — Beauty Sanctuary — is expanding her Wig Centre Zimbabwe to incorporate a male grooming centre that will focus on men which includes making wigs (toupees) to cover bald patches.