“Angel’s Beauty Salon and Nail Creations” located on Merriman Mall opposite ‘Bonny’s Supermarket’ is certainly another result of the hard work some women have put into accomplishing their dreams.
The Founder of the Mark Benschop Foundation noted that he is happy that the women, who have graduated from the various cosmetological programmes and hair courses sponsored by the Foundation, are a true product of what having a goal is and what working hard at it can bring. Oneika Henry, a wife and mother of three girls, was happy that she along with three other young women was able to firmly establish and start a career in cosmetology and hair care.
This might seem like yet another beauty course that was taken, but to these women they know that they have further to go, but are happy that they got the chance to start on their path to success.
The new salon, which opened its doors on March 23, last, was a spirit lifting moment for Henry and the other girls. Henry said that she spent some of her younger years thinking and hoping for the day when she might get the opportunity to start a business doing something she loved and at which she can excel.
“It was through the television programmes about the Foundation of Mr. Benschop that I told myself that I was going to try this.”
“I went to him and explained my situation, and showed him how eager I was to get this chance. I told him how much I would appreciate it.
“Some time afterwards he called and told me that I got through, and that there was no need to worry; that was the beginning. Now me and girls are here, happy that the opportunity is here where we will be running a business,” she noted.
Henry and the other women decided that they would work together and eventually gain their clients.
The three other women are Belinda Borne, Michelle Walker and Aca Haynes.
Henry said that since they opened their doors, they have been offering free pedicures and manicures to the person who comes in first at the start of each day. It is the same for the senior citizens.
“I am ecstatic to be part of something that I know is making a difference; to be giving back to the society makes it all worthwhile,” Mark Benschop said.
“These women have graduated in all the areas of cosmetology, manicure and pedicure. There are now more capable of providing for their families and offer added assistance to put bread on their table.”
‘The Mark Benschop Foundation’, which was officially started last year, has brought about many happy faces that were looking for a new way of life for themselves and their families. It has offered courses in cake decoration, computers, nail technology, hair technology and care, as well as courses for CXC subjects.
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