Mum from Little Hulton fulfils childhood dreams of starting her own hair salon

Nafy Marone was struggling with the practicalities of running her hairdressing business from her kitchen before she got help from our Do Your Own Thing programme.

The programme, which is run by ForHousing, inspires people to make more out of what they love doing by turning their ideas into income.

Now, with expert support and funding, she’s celebrating having opened her own salon, L’Africa, in Little Hulton District Centre, Salford earlier this year.

The 48-year old always dreamed of having her own hair salon and from the age of 12 loved doing hairdressing for her friends and family.

She heard about our Do Your Own Thing programme from her friend Jasmin who set up her Women with Wings project with help from the scheme. Women with Wings supports local mums wanting to set up a business that don’t speak English as their first language.

Nafy, who has lived in the Little Hulton neighbourhood for the past decade with her husband and children, explained: “Do Your Own Thing helped me find a business advisor and gave me expert support to develop my business plan. I also got help with start-up costs for equipment to get the salon kitted out.”

The £500 grant from ForHousing along with a further £5000 from the Big Lottery Fund gave Nafy vital funds to make her dream a reality in under a year.

The beauty professional, who specialises in African hairdressing and has set up a shop within the salon selling hair extensions and products, added: “I’m busy five days a week now in the new salon. I can’t believe I’ve gone so quickly from hairdressing in my kitchen, which was really difficult to juggle around family life, to now having my own salon.”

Now Nafy’s keen to offer other people interested in setting up their own businesses the opportunity to rent a chair at her salon – she currently has four chairs available to rent for hair or beauty professionals.

She said: “I know from experience how tough it can be just to find a place to start so I want to share the space in my salon with other local hair and beauty experts who need a professional place to work from.

“It’s early days but I’m really happy I’m on the way to building up my business and making my dreams come true. I couldn’t have done it without the support I’ve had from the Do Your Own Thing team – they are amazing.”

The Do Your Own Thing programme helps people fuel their potential, explore new possibilities and develop ideas before taking steps into self-employment.

For more information visit Do Your Own Thing

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