Nafy fuels her potential with the Do Your Own Thing programme

48-year-old Nafy had dreamed of having her own hair salon ever since she was a little girl practicing hairdressing on her friends and family.

Nafy previously saw her clients at home but struggled to run her hairdressing business from her kitchen, so decided to get help from ForHousing’s Do Your Own Thing programme.

A £500 grant from us alongside £5,000 from the Big Lottery Fund made it possible for Nafy to make her dream into a reality. She opened her own salon ‘L’Africa’ in under a year.

Following on from her success, Nafy is keen to offer support to other people that are interested in setting up their own business, with the opportunity to rent one of the chairs at her salon.

She currently has four chairs available to rent to hair or beauty professionals.

“The Do Your Own Thing team helped me find a business advisor and gave me expert support to develop my business plan.

They also helped me with the start-up costs for equipment so that I could get the salon kitted out! I’m on the way to building my business and making my dreams come true, I am so thankful for the team’s support.”