The JA’s Youth Enterprise Development Programme as funded by MasterCard is empowering young people across Gauteng, Western Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Limpopo. One such beneficiary is Michaela Armino from the Western Cape.
Michaela Armino joined the Mastercard funded Enterprise Accelerator Programme (EAP) in Western Cape. Whilst she had the knowledge to run her Black Widow Development printing business she lacked the confidence to sell her brand. Since being on the programme she has exhibited at numerous locations from Stellenbosch to Mitchell’s Plain and the Regent Business School. Even providing services to Ward Councillor Ashley Potts of Ward 81 in Westridge. She has also sent products to Canada and New Zealand.
Since setting goals in the EAP programme in which she decided to extend her printing offering to vehicles, she and her team of two have completed different levels of services to owners on their vehicles within the vinyl service of Black Widow Development. Her next goal would be to expand her service offering to providing a full vehicle vinyl wrap and she hopes to purchase larger machines to provide a more efficient vinyl service.
Michaela has since given back to the community by sponsoring fun run trophies for a fundraiser. She has also joined the JA SA team as a facilitator and has been volunteering her time to assist with programme such as the More Than Money (MTM) Program and soon will be assisting in the launching of a pilot of the ZZF Social Equity Programme.