Born to be Beautiful is a charity that teaches beauty therapy training and skills to victims of abject poverty. Our goal is to restore dignity and hope to lives devastated by exploitation. We currently work in India and Uganda. The courses are full time and taught over 2 weeks. On completion of a Born to be Beautiful course, our students are given a starter kit, suitable for up to 50 treatments, a uniform and a certificate. Supported by the local charity we work with we then help each woman get work, go onto further education or set up their own businesses. Our training courses are held in large towns or capital cities to ensure our students work in a non-competitive environment and can support each other’s ventures.
Our vision is to provide continued support to our students once they have trained by extending access to further training in business, marketing and finance management. We also seek to coach students who would like to continue on to become beauty therapy trainers, open their own salons or beauty training schools and to enable them to earn recognised qualifications within their own countries. We encourage our classes to set up peer support groups to further their growth and capacity.
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Words from Students in Our Program
Before Mary (HIV+ student from Uganda) came on this course, she thought she was useless in this life and had nothing to offer her children, no way of making money to buy food, clothes or send them to school.
Neelam lives in the slums of India with an uncle after being abandoned by her parents when she was small. Daily she is told she is worthless, he is tired of her and he threatens to send her away to another distant relative, but says no one will have her.
When asked how she had changed since beginning the course. Pooja answered; ‘I have never been to a class before and I realised I liked learning. I have always been interested in beauty work but it was far too expensive so my parents told me I had to work in a brothel to help feed our family’
(names have been changed to protect the identity of our students)
Born to be Beautiful has been committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption since 2018.
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