Joy Oleabhie, the Cajoy African Fashion Home

After a lifetime of struggling with her own disabilities, Joy Oleabhie wanted to serve the handicapped community in Nigeria by becoming an educator for disabled children. In 2013, she founded Cajoy African Fashion Home, combining her skills in sewing with her dedication to making a difference in the lives of her peers and community members.

Through Cajoy African Fashion Home, Joy will help to foster community-wide awareness on the abilities of handicapped women by teaching them skills that can help them become productive and self-reliant community members, as well as provide supplemental income for their families.

Throughout 2015 and 2016 Joy plans to train 10 disabled women in a small rented space equipped with sewing machines and sewing kits. At the end of the project, participants will produce dresses that will be put up for sale, the proceeds of which will be used for the purchase of their own machines and to support future business ventures.

For more information, please visit Cajoy African Fashion Home’s Facebook page.

GRANT AWARD DATE: June 11, 2015