Month: May 2017

Bantumen: Fábrica de Sabão Opened its Doors to the Community and Entrepreneurs

Na segunda edição de Portas Abertas, a antiga Fábrica de Sabão, no Cazenga, arredores de Luanda, acolheu este sábado crianças e adultos para um dia dedicado às artes inovação e criatividade. Entre as várias actividades, o espaço cultural entreteve os seus participantes com workshops de ginástica, demonstrações de capoeira, atelier de cerâmica e a Incubadora Dibaka para apresentação do espaço e recepção de propostas por parte de empreendedores.

Read more: http://www.bantumen.com/luanda-a-fabrica-de-sabao-esteve-de-portas-abertas-para-a-comunidade-e-empreendedores/

Rede Angola: Fábrica de Sabão Promotes Open Day Event

O projecto Fábrica de Sabão promove, este sábado, uma visita guiada a fim de que a comunidade possa conhecer as atividades desenvolvidas no espaço.

A acção, que decorre das 10h às 14h, terá, além da visita guiada, apresentações de dança, cultura, música, workshop, desportos e exposição de arte.

Read more: http://www.redeangola.info/fabrica-de-sabao-promove-dia-de-portas-abertas/

Angop: Soap Factory Transformed into Innovation Center

The project called the “Soap Factory” Innovation Center aims to offer new opportunities for Angolans, especially young people, in order to contribute to the development of the country.

The General Director of the “Soap Factory” Innovation Center, Manuela Ganga, told Angop at the “Open Doors” event held on Saturday, that the purpose of this space is to make it an interactive center of entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation, in which production and training components are united.

Read more: http://m.portalangop.co.ao/angola/en_us/noticias/sociedade/2017/4/21/Soap-factory-transformed-into-innovation-center,809b3285-6aab-441e-91aa-e4a90c82b2ec.html

Juice Bar Árvore da Vida

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, Fábrica de Sabão Founder, and Augusta Bentyha, Árvore da Vida Manager, are explaining the unique concept behind the eye-catching juice bar, recently opened inside the Fábrica.

Mercado: Diplomats in Angola visit Fábrica de Sabão

Fábrica de Sabão acolheu recentemente membros da comunidade diplomata acreditados em Angola, para observar o ecossistema de inovação emergente no país e compreender como o centro está a criar, e conduzir novas oportunidades de desenvolvimento.

Durante uma visita guiada nas instalações do centro de inovação, os visitantes tiveram a oportunidade de observar o trabalho que está a ser desenvolvido para apoiar os esforços do país na diversificação da sua economia e testemunhar como os jovens de todas as idades são envolvidos em várias actividades criativas. Uma das principais atracções foi o Makerspace, espaço onde a juventude local apreende como aplicar tecnologia inovadora, tal como a máquina CNC, usada para fazer uma variedade de móveis de escritório, espaço de trabalho partilhado, cantina e bar de sumos.

Read more: http://www.mercado.co.ao/capital-humano/diplomatas-acreditados-em-angola-visitam-fabrica-de-sabao/

ACCREDITED DIPLOMATS IN ANGOLA VISIT FÁBRICA DE SABÃO, THE COUNTRY’S FIRST INNOVATION HUB – ENTREPRENEURS, BUSINESS LEADERS

Luanda, Angola, 17 May 2017 – Angola’s vibrant innovation hub, Fábrica de Sabão, welcomed key accredited members of the foreign diplomatic community to observe Angola’s emerging innovation ecosystem and to understand how the hub is creating and driving new innovation-led opportunities.

During a guided tour, guests has the opportunity to observe the work that was being developed to support the country’s efforts to diversify its economy and witness how youth of all ages are engaged in a range of creative activities. One of the key attractions was the hub’s makerspace, where local youth were learning to apply innovative technology such as CNC machining to make a range of furniture for the hub’s office spaces, co-working space, canteen, and the new launched juice bar.

Speaking about the vision behind Fábrica de Sabão, Manuela Ganga, Director of the hub, explained: “We wanted to create an ecosystem that would be inclusive of marginalized communities, and that could drive needs-based innovation and support niche enterprise. This is why we chose to build this hub in the middle of the country’s largest slum.

“The environment here allows for creativity and innovation to thrive, and teaches local children, women, and youth innovative ways to learn and create with their own hands. Ultimately, the aim is to support the community to build sustainable businesses for themselves, which we can incubate and launch within this hub”.

Fábrica de Sabão is the only hub of this nature in Angola, being a hybrid of an incubator, accelerator, co- working space, makerspace and cultural exchange platform. . Currently italso provides office space on rent to local companies who are keen to be a part of the ecosystem. These offices are housed in repurposed shipping containers that have been refurbished with furniture, fittings and facilities such as electricity and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The hub recently launched an auditorium to host lectures and presentations and screen educational movies. Soon to come is the sports area replete with a skate park made from recycled materials, and a marketplace for the community. In the next phase of its development, the hub will introduce organic farming. A residential wing is also being constructed for visiting mentors and artists.

Fábrica de Sabão is built on land leased from the government of Angola and is an example of how the public sector is increasingly taking a keen interest in supporting inclusive opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in Angola.

 

Antonica Manuel Caxinda
I.T

Name: Antonica Manuel Caxinda

Age: 30 Years old

How long have you worked in the Soap Factory and what do you like the most?

I have worked at the Soap Factory for 6 months, and I like to plan, organize and coordinate events.

The factory has several spaces, which one you like the most and why?

I like all the spaces in the Factory as they are unique and that is what completes it.

What would be the trip of your dreams?

A trip to space.

Favorite dish?

I like everything a little.

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would it be?

The mentor I would choose is Jean Claude Bastos de Morais, as he is an executor of various plans and projects which aim to benefit the population.

Best escape from day-to-day stress?                                                                             

My refuge from day-to-day stress is being home.

What do you say to yourself when facing challenges at work?                                

When facing challenges, I say “Caxinda, you can.”

What has changed in the community with opening of the factory?

The Factory has made people believe in life-changing possibilities.

 

Sorge Luís Mendes Tgikoti
I.T

Name: Sorge Luis Mendes Tgikoti

Age: 29 years old

How long have you worked in the Soap Factory and what do you like the most?

I have worked at the Soap Factory for 1 year and 3 months. I like being able to change peoples lives the most.

The factory has several spaces, which one you like the most and why?

I like all spaces, because I was present during the process of building each one of them.

What would be the trip of your dreams?

A trip to a black hole.

Favorite dish?

My favorite dish is feijoada.

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would it be?

The mentor I would choose is the character “Rock Lee” from a Japanese manga as he is a genius of hard work.

Best escape from day-to-day stress?                                                                             

My refuge from day-to-day stress is the Soap Factory.

What do you say to yourself when facing challenges at work?                                

Another opportunity to learn something. Thank you.

What has changed in the community with opening of the factory?

An enterprise like the Factory always has a big impact on the surrounding community.

Dorcas M. P. Banga
Maker Space

Name: Dorcas M. P. Banga

Age: 23 years old

How long have you worked in the Soap Factory and what do you like the most?

I have worked at the Soap Factory for 7 months. I like the work. i do

The factory has several spaces, which one you like the most and why?

I like the Makerspace the most.

What would be the trip of your dreams?

The trip of my dreams is to go to Canada.

Favorite dish?

My favorite dish is rice and beans.

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would it be?

No one.

Best escape from day-to-day stress?                                                                             

My refuge from day-to-day stress is being at home.

What do you say to yourself when facing challenges at work?                                

I tell myself that I will overcome the challenges

What has changed in the community with opening of the factory?

With the opening of the Factory, juvenile delinquency has been greatly reduced within the community, and young people are interested in the training received at the Factory.

 

Nelson Sobral
Maker Space

Name: Nelson Sobral

Age: 22 years old

How long have you worked in the Soap Factory and what do you like the most?

I have worked at the Soap Factory for 9 months. I like the work that I do.

The factory has several spaces, which one you like the most and why?

I like the Makerspace the most.

What would be the trip of your dreams?

The trip of my dreams is to go to America.

Favorite dish?

My favorite dish is rice and beans.

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would it be?

I would choose Koeman and his wife.

Best escape from day-to-day stress?                                                                             

My refuge from day-to-day stress is the Designer Space.

What do you say to yourself when facing challenges at work?                                

I tell myself that these challenges are good because they help us grow.

What has changed in the community with opening of the factory?

It has changed a lot, the delinquency rate also been reduced.