Published - Monday, 31 March, 2014
Fredericks Northamptonshire is celebrating having funded its 1000th client here in Northampton. Budding entrepreneur and single mum of four, Haja Salifu, from Standens Barn, shared her ideas and passion behind her business when she recently met Fredericks Foundation Chairman, Paul Barry-Walsh, Fredericks Northamptonshire Client Manager Richard Lindley and Community Foundation Chief Executive, Victoria Miles.
Haji’s qualifications and sound previous business experience helped her establish Dagarti CIC an organic aromatherapy and skincare products Community Interests Company, which is run on a not-for-profit basis.
Motivated by a commitment to improve the lives of those in poverty, her passion is to make a real difference to farmers in Ghana and on a recent visit she shared ideas on how to maximise the use of local organic products to benefit the farmers and the local community.
Fredericks Chairman Paul Barry-Walsh said: “Fredericks has distributed £90,000 between sixteen start-up businesses here in Northamptonshire. Dagarti CIC is one example of an entrepreneurial start-up business that Fredericks has supported in the County with others including a florist, a spice maker to a manufacturer of wooden shapes. Our partnership with Victoria and her team has proved extremely effective in giving opportunities to people to start their own businesses, and become financially independent when no-one else could help. I look forward to further growth in what is turning out to be one of our most successful counties.”
Fredericks Foundation makes business loans to enterprising people keen to start their own business but declined finance by the more conventional routes. Fredericks Northamptonshire is working in partnership with Northamptonshire Community Foundation and the Community Foundation has utilised its fundraising expertise to establish a fund for Fredericks to use to help small business within the county so that they may start up or grow their businesses.