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Nice & Lovely launches limited body Lotion aimed at keeping girls in school

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Kenya’s Number one body lotion, Nice & Lovely, has today announced a limited-edition lotion that is aimed at promoting girl-child education in the country, in partnership with Sky Girls Kenya.

 

In a campaign dubbed, ‘She is counting on you,’ the new Nice & Lovely Limited Edition aims on one hand to boost the confidence of the girl using the lotion, and on another, to help another girl stay in school. Speaking during the product launch ceremony held in Nairobi on Friday, L’Oréal East Africa Managing Director Serge Sacre, said that the company would donate money from the lotions to help keep disadvantaged girls in school.

 

“We are proud to announce a partnership that will see Nice &Lovely commit to donate Ksh 5 for every limited-edition lotion bought,” MD Sacre said.

 

The limited-edition lotion will be available in 200ml and 400ml  packs from June 2022.

“We would like to have this partnership ensure that more girls are given a chance to realize their dreams, especially after the impact that COVID-19 has had contributing to early pregnancies and marriages, with parents lacking school fees.”

 

Close to 200,000 teenage pregnancies were reported in 2020 alone.

 

“As Kenya’s Number 1 lotion, it is not only a duty, but also an obligation, that we have products of the best quality at an affordable price to enhance natural beauty and also give back to our consumers who have come to know, love and trust our brand.”

The beauty and cosmetics company has been consistently making improvements on Nice & Lovely skin and hair products since L’Oréal acquired the brand in 2013.

According to the iconic beauty brand, the partnership will also work on bringing out the confidence and individuality in the teenage girls while having them remain true to themselves.

 

“We work to inspire young girls to stay true to their values, and what they care about, helping them resist peer pressure. We aim to increase girls’ confidence, self-reflection, decision-making, and refusal skills so that they can make positive choices that are true to themselves,” concluded Svetlana Polikarpova, Director & Co-Founder of Tandem Agency in charge of Sky Girls Kenya during the ceremony held in Nairobi on Friday.

 

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Annual Hindu cultural Day underway in Nairobi

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The second edition of the annual Hindu cultural day took place today at the premier club along forest road in Nairobi bringing together over two thousand Hindus from across the country to celebrate their unity, diversity and national integration.

Last year the event did not happen due to covid onset but saw the Hindu community donate over hundred million in support of Kenyans who had been affected by covid,This saw the birth of mobile health clinics which supports the vulnerable in the community but enabling them access medical assistance when needed.

The traditions and cultures of the Hindus has become part of Kenya’s history especially by adoption of Hindu attires in kenyan weddings and traditional Hindu dances which are part of Kenya’s high end conferences and events which are performed to entertain international and local guests.

Speaking during the official opening of the event,chief guest Dr virander Paul,the Indian High commissioner to kenya has called on Kenyans to join Hindus in the celebrations of their 75 years of independence  and the depth and bondness of the friendship between India and Kenya.

Hindus run the most successful generational business in Kenya some of which are in the third and fourth generation.

The two day event showcases everything Hindus,ranging from the wolrds most embraced spiritual and health sport Yoga which has gained prominence in Kenya,Indian foods,traditional games,traditional medicines, traditional attires,traditional music and arts,religious songs and traditional dances.

The event comes to a close on Sunday the 26th with over 25 local government officials expected to attend the evening cultural activities and games.

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Kenyan flying our flag high in Romania

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A Kenyan has made our Nation proud by venturing into business in Romania. It’s for this reason that Citizen Witness sought to hear from her

“Am Dr Maria BAYERL, Kenyan born and raised , in Pangani, that was a good years ago. I went to State House Girls Highschool, this institution played a pivotal role in who i am today.

Fast forward finished my studies in Romania and also established my business here.

Am a wife , a mother, a sister and a mentor to many. Dr. Maria continues to tell us more about Herself.

I’m Kenyan, born and named Maria Othieno, through my beautiful marriage took on Bayerl and through my successful medic profession Doctor comes right in, so all that together, I am Doctor Maria Othieno.

Bayerl but you can call me Dr B. Iam also proudly The first woman of color to have established a successful medical facility in Eastern Europe – Bayerl Beauty Clinic.

CitizenWitness sought to know why she ventured abroad?

“I ventured abroad well because I assess and prove that I would without a doubt gain all he necessary intellect as a medic then be in a position to take and give back to my country when the time was right .

Venturing abroad academically and professionally as well was and is a wise investment as currently I am able to serve my local European and international clients with exquisite medical care.

I am grateful for the scholarship hat paved way for me to academically progress and professionally for all my residency and employers that took me in.”

Dr. Maria also shared her passion with us

“My passion as a medic is to create a haven in the medical aesthetics field that is welcoming to all: men, women, non binary gender fluid persons, provide health conscious cosmetic procedures and as well be a game changing employer as my clinic is now a source of employment for my current and to be employees as we grow.”

CitizenWitness also sought to know about her clinic in Bucharest?

Bayerl Beauty Clinic is a prayer answered, a dream come true really. Bayerl Beauty Clinic is born of tears, prayers, thoughts and capital invested in it.

I’ve always aimed to have a heaven on earth and that for me is my clinic. I am glad that I created and will get to serve people in such a serene place and I get to share it.

It is also the first medical clinic in Eastern Europe to be owned by a woman of color, a beautiful milestone I must say for me and the people around me.  

She advised young people who keep on saying there are no jobs to start small and keep focused.

“Well, with the current economic fluctuations and in whatever field a youth is in there could be lack of jobs.

However, to the young people, they could leverage themselves let’s say begin small medium sized enterprises and gain employment from the work of their hands for example farming if in a position to.

The youth could as well, not disregard or demean the not so white collar jobs.

The grass is green where you water it right? So be open to the internships, entry level positions that may seem to be not so in your league and grow from there if course the environment facilitates the same without harming you either mentally or physically.

As I know it may seem hard and some may have heard this a tone of time, young people don’t give up, it’s always the darkest when the sun is about to rise.

In conclusion this is her Word of advice

“Believe in yourself, Speak great things about yourself into existence and work towards them.

Me being right here, is because the younger me took a chance in herself, came and took on the study of medicine, never forgot the dreams of a younger me, prayed on them, showed up fully during my residency and professional work and from all my hard work, what was a dream is now a reality and I couldn’t be more happier.

Again, The world is your canvas so Believe, they call it manifest nowadays so Manifest (Speak and Pray) and Work towards that which you desire and want.  That is the greatest advice I could give

There’s a mantra I use that I could share, Failure…well Failure is not an option. Never has never will be. Heck! If a door closes, a window opens right up.

That right there keeps me going.”

From CitizenWitness Newsdesk we take this singular opportunity to wish Dr. Maria Bayerl success in all her endeavors..

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Stanbic Bank Supports Over 45,000 Women Entrepreneurs and Business To Access Funds

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Nairobi, June 24, 2022Stanbic Bank Kenya has over the last three years impacted more than 45,000 women entrepreneurs by enhancing financial inclusion and providing innovative solutions which have enabled Dadas access Kshs 6.9 billion in lending.

The bank has additionally provided credit guarantee schemes to the tune of over Kshs 1 billion and over Kshs 40 million in grant funds.

Under the credit guarantee scheme, the bank is working with the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) and the Government of Kenya with discussions underway to engage other entities. On providing grants and catalytic funding, Stanbic Bank is collaborating with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale ZusammenarbeitGmbH (GIZ) and United States African Development Foundation (USADF).

Stanbic Bank’s innovative financial solutions including digital lending, Unayo, M-Jeki and Stansure have been instrumental in increasing access to finance and relevant financial solutions for women business owners. The bank has also been providing digital cash advance and unsecured loans for women.

In order to support women with asset acquisition, Stanbic Bank provides 100% Vehicle Asset Financing (VAF) at discounted rates in partnership with select car dealers incorporating DADA specific auto insurance and a 60-day grace payment period. The bank also provides 105% mortgage financing with zero fees.

Speaking at DADA’s ’s 3rd Anniversary, a celebration of the milestones that have positively impacted women-led businesses through financial inclusion, the 4th President of the Republic of Malawi, H.E.Hon Dr. Joyce Banda commended Stanbic Bank’s commitment to invest in women’s economic empowerment as a step in the right direction as it contributes towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. Women, she added, make considerable contribution to economies whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees.

“ It is paramount to continuously support programs which promote women’s ability to secure decent jobs, achieve financial freedom and accumulate assets which are key determinants of growth and development,” she said, while congratulating the bank for positively impacting and transforming the lives of women.

 The event held in Nairobi was also attended by Prof Margaret Kobia, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Hon. Betty Maina, EGH, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Ms. Anna Mutavati UN Women Country Representative, and Mr. Charles Mudiwa, Stanbic Bank Kenya Chief Executive.

Mr. Mudiwa said Stanbic Bank was honored to have had the opportunity to support women through its women banking solution, DADA (Dare to Aspire Dare to Achieve)

The bank is also currently working in partnership with the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development (MoITED) and County Governments to boost entrepreneurship, the employability of citizens through digital literacy and upskilling, career development, and provision of funds (grants) and access to job markets.

The partnership which came into force in early 2021 has helped women entrepreneurs, youth and differently-abled persons to recover from the negative economic impact brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stanbic Bank is also a signatory of the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPS), reinforcing the institution’s unwavering support towards women.

The WEPs, established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, are a set of standards that provide businesses with guidance on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

As an institution which is committed to being more than a provider of financial solutions, Stanbic is a catalyst for economic change and development of commercially sound ways to address environmental and social challenges, accelerating economic growth and human development, making  life better for communities.

With an objective  to create shared value benefiting society while achieving targeted financial returns, the bank’s strategic value drivers are a crucial implementing agent to effectively embed Social Economic and Environmental (SEE) considerations in the work it does.

Focusing on seven impact areas under the SEE, the bank has committed to several other voluntary global standards regarding responsible business practice, including the UN Principles for Responsible Banking, the Equator Principles, the UN Women He4She initiative, the Sourcing2Equal Kenya (S2E), the United Nations Sustainable Goals (UNSDGs) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

As a way of supporting women grow, the bank has been providing training and capacity building which have so far benefitted more than 17,000 women.

This has mainly been delivered through education and information platforms which cut across different industries as well as networking sessions with like-minded and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Further to this, Stanbic has conducted wellness sessions incorporating mental health and cancer screening, with more than 16,000 women receiving free cancer check-ups.

The event was also attended by key women entrepreneurs; Ms. Flora Mutahi, CEO Melvin, Marsh International Limited, Ms. Winnie Ngumi  Managing Director & CEO Space & Style, Ms. Pamela Makokha, CEO, Meditrust Hospital and Ms. Margaret Kamau, proprietor, Zarusa Trends who shared the entrepreneurial journeys, wins and lessons.

 

 

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