Women With Wings

Language barriers are being broken down in Little Hulton through a new group that is helping local mums who are keen to set up their own businesses.

The Women with Wings project was developed to help women that don’t speak English as their first language, and faced other challenges such as child care, to join together and share their enterprise ideas.

The group was established through support from our Don’t Keep it Under your Hat programme, which helps people turn business ideas into reality. With the support of the scheme Women with Wings has secured funding of £2,700 from local organisations UnLtd, Forever Manchester and The Big Local.

The groups founders, Jasmin Bakhre and Beatrice Mburu, have been successful in setting up their own businesses in cake decorating and commercial cleaning and wanted to encourage others to think about how self-employment could work for them by enabling them to fit it around their childcare commitments.

The group has proven a huge success with local mums, helping to connect members to organisations that can provide them with the support they need to make their dreams of setting up their own businesses a reality.

Their most recent funding boost of £1,000 from Forever Manchester has enabled Women with Wings to help a member back into employment, organise a local family fun day and make plans for a day trip for all their members.

The project has also built a good relationship with Royal Bank of Scotland and alternates its monthly networking events there to attract new members.

Group founder Jasmin Bakhre said: “Through our work with the local community we found that there were a number of mums that weren’t engaging with enterprise support programs not because they didn’t have great ideas, but because they weren’t confident in how to develop them or how to engage with organisations that could help support them because of language barriers.

Jasmin added: “We set up Women with Wings to create a network of support, and to help mums better understand how they could take their ideas to the next level, as part of our commitment to creating opportunities for residents to find pathways into sustainable employment.”