Global Young Innovators Initiative
Edison Salon Team
We provide insight and guidance to business leaders looking to grow.
Our effort is focused on the individual and the community; our mission is to make a change beyond just one business. We strive to build an ecosystem that can provide opportunity to many.
See how each day at the summit we are gaining new skills to assist our business partner and transform lives.
Our Global Young Innovators Initiative Business Partner
Unique Beauty Salon
Unique Beauty Salon Statistics
- Business Type: Beauty Salon
- Business Owner:Maria Yakubu
- Location: Birshi Village, Bauchi State, Nigeria
- Business Production Capacity: About 10 customers per day.
- Number of People Employed: 5
- People Directly Benefitting from the Business: 18
- Employees’ Children who are attending school: 8
To build a strong business that will meet the needs of the members of the local community and also that of the business owner and their family.
Story of the business
Fatima grew up working on hair. As one of eight children, she had both younger and older sisters to practice on growing up. She was so passionate about wanting to own her own salon someday that she started learning the trade at the age of 12 and was one of her sister’s first apprentices/employees when she opened up her own shop.
Gaining an education was incredibly important to the Suleiman family, and after the passing of Fatima’s father, she was determined to work even harder to graduate from secondary school in his honor.
This experience drastically changed Maria’s life and after she got married in 2003, Fatima’s goal was to get a job and contribute to her own growing family so they would never be dependent on just one provider.
Fatima has become an example of empowerment for women within her community. With her booming business she has employed 5 young women and in many cases made them the primary providers for their families.
Employees use this new income to take care of their children, siblings and parents. Collectively, these they send 8 children to school with their salaries.
Fatima also trains apprentices on hair care and works with others to attend school and obtain a postsecondary education. Fatima has become a sounding board and mentor to many women within her community who wish to provide for their family and open their own businesses, becoming an icon of empowerment.
How We Are Transforming the Unique Beauty Salon
And Changing The World