Rose's beauty salon

“My name is Rose Kabelu, and I am from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am married and have 4 children. I have been a teacher of cosmetology (Beauty Therapy) with JRS since 2014. I have enjoyed every minute of teaching there. I managed to open a tuck shop and small salon which meant that I was able to pay for my children’s studies at the boarding school."

Rose shares her story of how she went from relying on monthly food rations to having her own beauty salon within the Tongogara camp in Zimbabwe where Jesuit Missions' partner Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa (JRS SA) offers opportunities for women to learn income generating skills to help them start up their own business.

"Before starting my training I was not able to do anything, - Rose continues -  and I was relying on monthly food rations and it was impossible for me to manage my family needs. It has been a real blessing for me to be able to run my own salon."

With the support of the Jesuits and her skills in cosmetology, Rose has been able to share her knowledge and skills with other people in the community. She has trained lots of people who now work in her beauty salon and even some who have own their own salons. "It’s really amazing to be competing with your own students!" Rose further comments.

Her aim is to open a college shop where Rose will be managing and teaching those who want to learn about cosmetology. "I really appreciate what JRS has done for my family and myself. It has been a pleasure to be part of this community which has opened huge doors for me and has been such a wonderful family to me.”

Jesuit Missions are launching a new volunteer programme later this year in South Africa which will develop further our partnership with JRS SA. You can find out more on their website.

This article was first published on Jesuit Missions' website.