Women from South Asia are being trained to make hair accessories. Photo: iStockphoto

A group of South Asian women in Hong Kong are being trained in hairstyling and learning how to make hair accessories through a social venture program.

Eforia is a venture by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) founded last year by a hair salon in Central whose owner, known only as Ringo, wanted to help the South Asian women in the city, Metro Daily reported. It added that Ringo hoped the women could use their talent and earn a better living.

In cooperation with HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre, Ringo said South Asian women were artistic and creative in hair knitting so he hoped to provide them with professional training in hairstyling and teach them how to make hair accessories.

He added they could make accessories at home so they could take care of their children at the same time. A 19-year-old Pakistani woman named Kainat said she fell in love with making hair accessories since her first lesson.

Kainat said she not only learned the skills through the program, but also earned an allowance for her studies. She received HK$100 (US$12.74) for one training session she attended and could make about HK$100 to HK$200 for each accessory she made, the Sing Tao Daily reported.

The project will collaborate with cancer organizations in designing wigs for cancer patients who suffered hair loss, enhancing their self-confidence.

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