Financial independence passes quickly

Academy, called Braids on demandoffers free courses in French and English and creates a network of women who are able to create different braiding techniques.

Rose Cathy Handy is the founder of the Academy. She explains that it is important to break the cycle of poverty by professionally equipping black women.

We talk a lot about poverty and unemployment within black communities, but we also have certain areas of our own. […] To change the economic situation of our society, poetry is one of the fields. »

Quote from Rose Cathy Handy, founder of Braids on call

The place of afro hair in professional hairdressing training

Asmaa Baldy is the academy coach. Like many black women, Ms. Baldy learned since childhood to style her hair by watching her loved ones take care of her hair and hair. When she became an adult, she decided to take an undergraduate course in hairdressing at the English language school in Toronto.

But the institution does not offer it any knowledge of clients of black women who, through the affinity of the community, will turn to it. Does not give formation to flyaway hair […] Even the products weren’t good for curly hairas you say. % des cheveux crépus”,”text”:”Mes clients étaient à 90% des cheveux crépus”}}”>My clients had 90% curly hairshe adds.

For Mrs. Baldi, this experience underscores her mission to train other black women inside Braids on demandIt is a complementary alternative to what is offered to students of hairdressing.

:la tresse [africaine] ne fait pas partie de ça”,”text”:”Oui, il y a des instituts qui ont des programmes de coiffure, mais toujours la même problématique:la tresse [africaine] ne fait pas partie de ça”}}”>Yes, there are institutes that have hairstyling programs, but the problem is always the same: the braid [africaine] Not part of thatRose Cathy Handy, Academy Initiator, adds. She also believes that black women are also reluctant to take college-level hairdressing courses because of the costs associated with tuition fees.

In addition, the only college-level hairdressing program in French is offered in Sudbury, at Collège Boréal.

The experience of generations in the face of the competitive standard of the market

Women enrolled in the Academy are from the Caribbean and Africa. They have some knowledge of hair care within the Afro-descendant communities.

Rose Cathy Handy, Academy Founder and President Connect CanadaShe explains that despite her basic knowledge, women who pursue training need to improve their knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation, often from mother to daughter. We realized that they either have mastered a technique while there are many styles in braidsas you say.

There is a certain level that this is the type of braids your sister can accept […] The level of technologies must be at the level of the market [pour] that customers are satisfied. »

Quote from Rose Cathy Handy, President, Connect Canada

Desiree Silvia Gingbe, a student at the academy, dreams of having a hair salon at home. She stresses that this training updates her experience. This is a chance for me to gain more experienceas you say. We can do it unprofessional, but this instructable gives you the opportunity to go even further

I started from a young age [à coiffer] My hair is my family. This is my first training. »

Quote from Desiree Silvia Gnebe, Mississauga

The academy is in the fourth cohort. It is scheduled to be officially launched on May 28. So far, about forty women have obtained a certificate after their training, which can last anywhere from two to four weeks.

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