We are very excited to launch Yo Mumma’s House, a new business start-up project for young women in Islington.

With kind support from Islington Council, and in partnership with London Village Network (LVN), we will be supporting young women to become their own boss.

Over 26 weeks young women will take part in LVN’s ‘Be Your Own Boss’ programme where they will learn about business planning, finances, branding and marketing, networking and all other aspects of starting a business. They will be introduced to some amazing and inspirational women who have founded their own businesses. These include: Lou Teasdale and the founders of Bleach London, founders of Wah Nails, Digital Fairy, My Flash Trash and many more. They will also meet women and advisors from legal firm Hogan Lovells as well as Natwest bank and other commercial organisations. We have some exciting celebrities lined up too! More of that later.

This project started from a simple chat between young women who use Abianda’s services  and Naomi Lewis, local youth worker and artist. We have bought together small seeds of ideas and are making life changing things happen with young women, most of whom are single mum’s who are working hard to make a difference for them and their children. The aim is to develop a co-owed social enterprise that, on one hand provides employment for young women in a way that works for them as young mums and/or with limited resources and access to opportunity.  On the other hand, supports Abianda to pursue our social aims of working with gang-affected young women.

With support from Islington Council’s Small Change, Big Impact, we now have funding for the initial start-up phase and to run LVN’s Be Your Own Boss programme. We have a brand, we have an amazing core team of young women, we have access to LVN’s FANTASTIC App. Next we need to recruit 8 more Islington young women to benefit from the programme and will launch in early July.

Watch this space! Naomi and the team will be blogging regularly about the high’s an low’s of the project. Specifically about the challenges of young women crossing over into the business world while managing the constraints of motherhood and other complexities of life. We will share our thoughts, frustrations and learning about the various aspects of business start-up, co-ownership, social enterprise,  shaking off stereotypes, about hope and about change!

If you are an adult professional who can offer insight and guidance on business start-up and want to be involved, we would love to hear from you.

If you know young women who would be interested, please share our Yo Mumma’s House Flyer and point them in our direction!!

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