CULTURAL NEWS –
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Evelyn loves working with beads
Story: REBECCA QUAICOE DUHO
FOR a trained professional secretary and an air hostess to divert into the production and sale of beads shows the passion she has for the African jewellery.
Ms. Evelyn Talata Nunno of Evita Enterprise, says she has a soft spot for beads and has for the past four years been producing them on a large scale for both local and international markets.
With an educational background from Aggrey Memorial Secondary School in Cape Coast, Evelyn went to Tema SOS to undertake a secretarial course and later went to the Ghana Airways Training Centre to undertake a course in ticketing, reservation and cabin crew attendance.
From the training centre she worked with a travel and tour firm in Osu and moved into architectural firm and then to a shipping company at Tema, all in the capacity of a secretary.
“Doing all these did not give me job satisfaction”, Evelyn said, adding, “I always felt that there was something missing from my life”.
She said aside from her job as a secretary, she started trading in children and adults wears, thinking that would fill the void she felt in her life.
Evelyn said she still felt empty but still pressed on by adding the sale of beads, since people admired them when she dressed with it to the office.
She started by selling beads she bought from a friend’s sister, who she said, found it difficult to market the beads she produced.
“The beads started selling so well that I stopped selling my other wares and concentrated on ordering the beads on a large scale,” said Evelyn.
When the beads business started booming, Evelyn contracted more people who produced the beads for her and today she has employed four men who bake and process her beads at Krobo-Odumase in the Eastern Region.
In a month, Evelyn produces 1,000 jewelleries onto the market and exports most of her wares to foreign partners who in has been in partnership with since she started her work.
Through her hardwork, Evelyn has won a contract from a foreign partner to train five young people in beads manufacturing who would then be employed to manufacture the beads outside the country, and she says she is looking forward to fulfilling her part of the contract.
Evelyn uses broken glasses to produce her beads and buys her raw materials from Accra and Kumasi and also gets accessories that she uses in the decoration of her finished beads from the Czech Republic.
She has trained a dozen young girls, and one male, and she hopes to train many more in the production of beads, saying that it is a lucrative business.
She said through the proceeds that she gets from her sales, she is able to assist her husband in catering for their three children, saying that success comes to those who aspire to achieve it no matter the field of work one is involved in.
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