By Prisca Sam-Duru
The importance of patronising locally manufactured organic skin care products, and the need for the empowerment of women and girls, were again, brought to the fore last weekend in Lagos.
Instead of women destroying their melanin through bleaching of the skin, Hajia Halima Joseph, founder and CEO of Justkate Ventures, advised them to use organic products to prevent skin infections and also, premature aging.
“Natural organic products will take care of your skin, and make it to look natural. Even when a woman gets to 80 years for instance, she will still look like she is in her early 60s. The way God created us, no woman is ugly, you only need to take care of yourself by using organic products.” She stated.
Hajia Joseph who spoke during the unveiling of Justkate Boutique and SPA in Ikorodu, also pleaded with government to make available programmes that will empower women and girls and encourage entrepreneurship since jobs are rarely available.
Citing her own case as a successful entrepreneur, Hajia Joseph said, “I’m grateful to God for what he has done in my business. I’m even surprised that a business I started with just 50 thousand naira in year 2000 just along the road, has grown like this. I moved from selling at the roadside to a container and God has done wonderfully in my life such that this is the 3rd branch that I’m opening. From 2009 I moved to boutique and then to body SPA, and now, I produce my cream, soap and zobo drink and even make my dresses.”
She however noted that the problem with some women or people in general is that “They believe in borrowing money and jumping into big time businesses but at the end, they are disappointed. So, I advise that you can start a business with as small as 5 or 10 thousand naira, before you know it, little profits can make the business boom as was my own case. If I can start a business with 50 thousand naira and today I can boast of 100 million, then it’s possible for any woman to do the same. All you need is to do the right thing, be hardworking, endure when time is hard and then trust in God”