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Flaviana Mundanga

My name is Flaviana Mundanga, I’m 22 years old and I live in the municipality of Cazenga (Hoji-Ya-Henda neighborhood).

My story of arriving at Fábrica de Sabão started with the help of my Uncle Jorge, who already worked at Fábrica. I always asked him for help in getting a job because I was not doing anything. Due to my persistence, my uncle made a request to Mrs. Nicol, and one week later she called me to Fábrica.

It was the beautiful year of 2016 when it all happened. I was the last person to join the group of 8 women who worked at  MakerMulheres, but I initially started at the MakerSpace.

By just breathing the air of Fábrica de Sabão, I began to gain experience but there was a phase where I unfortunately stopped working. At least, my works (jewelry), made with great love and signed with my name, drowned a little of the sadness of bidding farewell to Fábrica. Sometimes it was hard to stop the tears, my heart was tight because I wanted to do my work again so badly. Three months had gone by at home.

In September of the same year (2016), the party arrived. Yes, the Fábrica de Sabão party was also my party, since my return to Fábrica happened exactly when the Feast of Fábrica happened. I was called to be the Juice Bar attendant, working with Augusta, making natural juices. Ah! It was a busy day … Fábrica de Sabão was our house, being prepared to receive numerous visits.

Okay, the party was a success. As the old saying goes: “after the storm comes a calm.” Unfortunately, to me this saying seems to be applicable in reverse, at least at the time following the party. Well, that job was just something temporary, after this memorable party I went back to staying at home.

In January 2017, I was called again. This time, I started working on the fascinating world of natural juices, that is, I was already at Juice Bar. I was curious to learn how to make sweet juice, but without sugar! In a short period of time, Augusta gave me a lot of experience, including juice names.

Fábrica de Sabão is like a mother to me. It helped to pay for my education and to support my family. It has made me a better woman. In addition to jewelry with recycled materials and natural juices, I also learned how to deal with customers, gained experience of the juice market, learned how to attract customers, most importantly, I gained a new profession.

In a few more years, I want to become an entrepreneur, open a company of my own and spread the good example carried out by Fábrica de Sabão: giving opportunities and providing education for those in need, this way Fábrica will be able to change the community and in the future, why not the world?

Now, the correct order of the old saying can be used: “after the storm comes a calm.”

Carla Francisco Aguiar

My name is Carla Francisco Aguiar, I am 26 years old and I live with my parents. Before I came to know about Fábrica de Sabão, I had a very complicated life. I was not working and I spent my life looking for a job,but could not find one. Many times, I cried because I did not have anything to help my family with. Since I take care of my daughter alone and could not get a job, my daughter sometimes had to be without diapers.

I therefore reflected a lot on life, I thought about what to do to find a way out of this maze that consumed my life. Because I knew how to take care of my hair, I then started braiding my neighbours’ hair, and charged some money for it. That is the only way I could provide for my daughter. However, it was no solution in the truest sense of the word. What my neighbours paid me for braiding their hair was still not enough, it was almost nothing … I was still living in the worst moments of my life.

The “green light” came on July 18, 2016 – this date will never leave my head! It is the date when I started my journey with Fábrica de Sabão.

I had my first contact with Fábrica de Sabão on July the 18th through an aunt. She told me that Fábrica was giving courses. The next day, I went there and spoke with the person in charge, who was Sorge, so that I could also take part in the course, from there I started the Computer Science course.

Fábrica de Sabão for me represents the solution to my problems, because it is my first job and allows me to help my family.

What interests me the most at Fábrica de Sabão is the Kamba Space, the first time I saw it, I loved it a lot as it is one of the most beautiful spaces at Fábrica! I’m not saying this because I work there, but because I find the space very interesting.

I have learned many things at Fábrica, starting with the computer room, I learned how to work with computers, and today, I already know how to do schoolwork, business cards, and other things. At lunchtime, I go to the MakerMulheres to learn a little about what they do.

Since I started working at Fábrica de Sabão, a lot in my life has changed. Today, I expect nothing from anyone to give to me or my daughter. Before I depended on my parents, but now I depend on me. Thank God that today I have a good job, which has changed my life for the better. God is wonderful …

The things I gained at Fábrica de Sabão are countless. First of all, I have a very good boss, excellent colleagues and most of all I am thankful for being the manager of the Kamba Space where I gained my work experience.

My main memories at Fábrica de Sabão are centered in the IT room and the Angolan Company for Project Development (EADP) … I’ve met people full of talent in these rooms.

Now, my life is good, because I have a salary and I can take better care of my daughter. I don’t cry anymore, nor do I think enough about the difficulty of life, because every month I have money to take good care of my firstborn.

 

Fábrica de Sabão promotes recreational activity with reference to the month of March

During the month of March, Fábrica de Sabão joins to the local community to promote equality, justice and women’s rights by organizing a series of recreational activities.

Learn more: http://www.mercado.co.ao/capital-humano/fabrica-de-sabao-promove-actividades-recreativas-em-alusao-ao-mes-de-marco/

Fábrica de Sabão promotes recreational activity with reference to the month of March

With reference to International Women’s Day, Fábrica de Sabão joins to the local community to promote equality, justice and women’s rights by organizing a series of recreational and informational activities throughout the month of March.

Learn more: http://www.rumo.co.ao/2018/03/09/fabrica-de-sabao-promove-actividade-recreativa-em-alusao-ao-mes-de-marco/

 

 

 

 

International Women’s Day

Innovation, emancipation and creative expression are at the center of the agenda at Fábrica de Sabão´s on International Women´s Day.

Learn more: http://port.pravda.ru/cplp/angola/09-03-2018/45123-angola-0/

 

 

INNOVATION, EMPOWERMENT AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION-INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

INNOVATION, EMPOWERMENT AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION TAKE CENTRE STAGE AS FÁBRICA DE SABÃO MARKS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The public is invited to participate in a month-long celebration that pays tribute to Angolan women and the important role they play in the country’s socioeconomic development

Luanda, Angola, 8 March 2018 – This International Women’s Day, Fábrica de Sabão will join the global community in efforts to promote greater women’s equality, justice and rights by hosting a series of creative and informative activities throughout the month of March. Designed to underscore the important role Angolan women play in the country’s socioeconomic transformation, the program will feature a lineup of inspiring and innovative female artists and speakers. The public is invited to participate in the month-long celebration of women’s equality and rights to artistic expression, job opportunity, health and wellbeing and economic empowerment.

Commenting on the event, Manuela Ganga, Managing Director, Fábrica de Sabão, said: “Gender equality and inclusivity are key in order for developing nations to sustain widespread socioeconomic transformation. In Angola, women are actively engaged in all forms of enterprise, particularly in the informal sector, but their potential is yet to be fully realized. This is where hubs like Fábrica de Sabão can play a role in effecting a positive cycle of change. The hub has an exemplary network of women who are spearheading a number of creative platforms that encourage innovation and enterprise amongst Angolan women and young girls. This International Women’s Day, we have collaborated with many progressive Angolan women to lead activities that teach women of their natural right to inspire, create and innovate.”

Fábrica de Sabão, Angola’s first-of-its-kind hybrid innovation hub, was founded on the principle that innovation is for everyone. Comprising of five main pillars – Co-working space, Incubator, Accelerator, MakerSpace and Cultural Connector – the hub aspires to leapfrog education challenges and drive socioeconomic inclusion, offering opportunities for all Angolans regardless of gender or economic standing.

Fábrica de Sabão, is bridging the gaps between the formal and informal sector by training young Angolans from the surrounding communities into makers. The hub is fiercely focused on launching a new generation of ‘Made in Angola’ entrepreneurs in the creative, technology and niche manufacturing sectors. The hub has a vibrant community of women who are encouraged to improve their entrepreneurial skills and to independently run their own businesses. One of the prominent women-led platforms is the MakerMulheres, an extension of the hub’s MakerSpace, where women make and sell African-inspired jewelry, clothing, carpets and other creative products using recycled materials. The Dibaka incubator program at the hub is led by an Angolan woman whose role is to mentor and guide aspiring women entrepreneurs.

Throughout the month of March, the public is invited to join the vibrant community at Fábrica de Sabão and showcase their support women in Angola and across the globe.

The women’s month kicked off last week with poetry recitals in tribute of the famed Angolan writer, Iracema Cordeiro. Held in collaboration with Fundação Arte e Cultura, the tribute centered on her poignant work, ‘Poemas D’ Coraçao’.  The recitals also featured a powerful line-up of new generation poets including Perivaldo the Poet, Poet Katumbila, Poet Ninguém and Poet Suburbano. Musical compositions by artistes Kamane Silva, Mano Muzemba, Mas Guxi, Silvania Marisa, Truece Flow as well as Fundaçao’s ‘House of Music’ completed the atmosphere.

Upcoming activities will include a photography exhibition by artists Lwiana de Almeida and Kenned Flautas Negras, more poetry recitals in partnership with Movimento Lev’Art, panel discussions and talks on jobs and gender equality, a workshop to engage girls on manufacturing and technology professions, film screenings, breast cancer awareness talks, tree planting activities and Zumba sessions amongst others.

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Soap Factory takes art to Cazenga

An arts exhibition, called “Kaluandando”, is documented on the site of the Fábrica de Sabão facilities, in the municipality of Cazenga, in Luanda, where they stay until the 30th.

Learn more:

https://www.google.co.ao/urlsa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=10&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjLyLTglarXAhXC1RQKHWEqDJ0QFghYMAk&url=http%3A%2F%2Fjornaldeangola.sapo.ao%2Fcultura%2Ffabrica_de_sabao_leva_arte_ao_cazenga&usg=AOvVaw1YfypWi-s_WOpJAftvATGQ

 

Exhibition of arts in the municipality of Cazenga

An exhibition of arts, called “Kaluandando”, is visible, from today, Saturday, in the facilities of the Fábrica de Sabão, Cazenga municipality, in Luanda, where it will remain until the 30th of the current month .

Learn more: http://www.angop.ao/angola/pt_pt/noticias/lazer-e-cultura/2017/10/44/Exposicao-artes-patente-municipio-Cazenga,e4bae626-b6c8-4fb1-be85-97b0324223f6.html

FÁBRICA DE SABÃO LAUNCHES INNOVATION MONTH IN OCTOBER 2017 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AFRICAN INNOVATION FOUNDATION

Month-long activities to Inspire Young Angolans to Unleash Their Creativity, Develop Skills and Pursue Real Opportunities in Cazenga

 

Luanda, Angola, Tuesday, 03 October 2017 – Fábrica de Sabão and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) come together in October to celebrate Innovation Month in Angola. With an aim to foster the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of innovation, the Hub will feature multiple interdisciplinary events where the country’s entrepreneurship stakeholders, young students and innovation enthusiasts will share and celebrate their innovative ideas. The entire month of October is dedicated to showcasing the many innovative and entrepreneurial ideas emerging from Angola.

Reiterating the Hubs commitment to innovation, Manuela Ganga, Managing Director, Fábrica de Sabão, said: “We are excited to launch Innovation Month in collaboration with AIF and to celebrate the month- long activities with innovation enthusiasts in Angola. It is an opportunity for people to inspire, create and innovate new ideas that could drive needs-based innovation and support niche, Made-in-Angola enterprises.”

Innovation Month is a platform for Angola’s innovation enablers to connect with the local community and emphasize the importance of innovation and collaboration. Since opening its doors in 2015, Fábrica de Sabão has become synonymous with a place that fosters creative-led enterprise in Cazenga. The month-long activities will feature collaborative workshops, open installations and events led by innovators in the fields of design, media and culture. Artists, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, and investors are all welcome.

Enthusiastic about the Innovation Month, Walter Fust, Chairman, Africa Innovation Foundation, commented, “We are excited to partner with Fábrica de Sabão to celebrate October as the Innovation Month. We have planned various activities that we believe will create value for local entrepreneurs, innovators and young enablers.  Our goal is to remain the key partner of Fábrica de Sabão for all innovation-related activities and to host more of these activities beyond October, which brings together local innovators to explore, create, exchange, connect and collaborate.”

In June 2017, Fábrica de Sabão and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) hosted the first edition of INOVEM, aimed at highlighting key opportunities in driving innovation-led entrepreneurship in Angola. AIF projects are aimed at releasing untapped potential in Africa, and at stimulating African innovative ideas and perspectives in emerging industries & diverse disciplines around the world as well as providing platforms to strength African innovation ecosystems.

Find out more by visiting http://www.fabricadesabao.co.ao/en/the-events/