Female student ventures into male-dominated barbershop business

The barbershop is traditionally a male space but 16-year-old Moreblessing Muguni from Gato Secondary School in Shurugwi is changing all that.

The form three student never dreamt of becoming a budding entrepreneur, let alone a hairstylist until she joined Hand in Hand Zimbabwe’s Motivated and Entrepreneurial Youth (MEY) Star Club at her school last year.

Since then, Moreblessing and other 35-Star Club members have been running a successful barbershop enterprise after undergoing trainings on Motivation, Health and Entrepreneurship under the MEY project.

The jovial young girl, who stays with her 78-year-old grandmother, says after undergoing the trainings, she quickly learnt the art of cutting hair with electric scissors and has never looked back.

“We were fortunate enough in that our school authorities allowed us to conduct business during lunch hour and on special occasions such as sports day,” she said.

The Star Club members charge $2 for a single haircut and earn up to $200 per month. The team uses the money to sponsor important school activities and sometimes assist Form 4 students with no money to register for their final examinations.

“The trainings I have learnt from Hand in Hand Zimbabwe have set a good foundation for me in my life, even when I leave school and fail to find employment, I will not live in poverty,” said Moreblessing, who wants to be a police detective when she is done with her studies.

“I have acquired the requisite skills to run a business, I’m now confident and also health-conscious,” she added.

The MEY project contributes to sustainable development in the country through improving health awareness, motivating the youth to believe in themselves and providing entrepreneurial skills among students (13-18 years) and young adults (18-35 years) who are out of school.