Friday 16 November 2018

'Self-esteem is low, the majority of us are idle' - Woman living in direct provision centre sets up beauty salon training to 'empower women'

Yetunde Fashola (36) came to Ireland from Nigeria with two of her children three years ago
Yetunde Fashola (36) came to Ireland from Nigeria with two of her children three years ago
'The self-esteem of women here is low' - Yetunde Fashola (36)
Yetunde Fashola (36) said the staff at Mosney are very supportive of her decision to try and set up a beauty salon
Claire Fox

Claire Fox

A woman who has been living in a direct provision centre for three years wants to set up a beauty salon in the centre to "empower women".

Yetunde Fashola (36) is from Nigeria and came to Ireland with two of her children three years ago. She has a nine-year-old son living in Nigeria.

She has been living in Mosney Direct Provision Centre in Co Meath since she arrived in Ireland and wants to help the female residents there by setting up a beauty salon.

"The self-esteem of women here is low," Yetunde told Independent.ie.

'The self-esteem of women here is low' - Yetunde Fashola (36)
'The self-esteem of women here is low' - Yetunde Fashola (36)

"The majority of us are idle. I want to empower women and help them to discover themselves. Even if make-up isn't for them, it'll give them an edge and help them to think of a career afterwards."

Yetunde trained in performance and theatre art in Nigeria. She learned a lot about make-up in theatre and began teaching herself make-up skills through Youtube tutorials when she arrived in Ireland.

"I learned a lot about make-up and lighting from being back-stage. I said to myself when I came here, if I can't do theatre I can teach myself about make-up on Youtube and do an apprenticeship," she said.

Yetunde said the staff at Mosney are very supportive of her decision to try and set up a beauty salon to train other residents.

Yetunde Fashola (36) said the staff at Mosney are very supportive of her decision to try and set up a beauty salon
Yetunde Fashola (36) said the staff at Mosney are very supportive of her decision to try and set up a beauty salon

She has now set up a Go Fund Me Page to help buy furniture and utensils needed to get the salon up and running.

"Sixty women at the centre have signed up which is a lot. In my head I can train 24 women for three months. I'm trying to get the furniture and everything together and I'm hoping it might be open in September," she said.

Yetunde hopes that by setting up the beauty salon she can show that she is contributing to society in Ireland and obtain freedom.

She said: "It is hard here. I want freedom. I do. I'm not here for the benefits. I want to mingle with people I want to give back to society here and contribute. 

"I want to create confidence for women here. You can think that the world is coming to an end here but you have to do something and make a life for yourself."

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