Each day, until July 23rd, we will be introducing you to one of our current Entrepreneur Training for Success students. These women are artists, artisans and creative entrepreneurs with talent, passion, vision and entrepreneurial drive to start-up their own businesses and lead change in their communities. Read about the amazing work they are doing and join us on July 23rd as we celebrate their graduation.
Kamar Derder, a mother of two, moved from Morocco to the United States in 2001 to live closer to her three brothers and three sisters. When she was a little girl she learned how to sew from her mother and began making quilts from colorful scraps of scarves and towels in her home. She went on to become a talented designer and decorator, running a successful business from her home in Morocco.
Kamar first came to EWI in 2010 to learn how to market her design skills, but then some difficult events in her life prevented her from building her business. In 2011, she returned to EWI and is about to graduate from our Entrepreneur Training for Success program.
In just three months we have seen Kamar start her business, Kamar’s Design, and develop new creative ways to generate income. Most recently, Kamar had an exhibit with her sister Amal at our We the People Project. Together, the sisters hosted a Moroccan room where they displayed the garbs of their homeland, showcased Kamar’s designs, served traditional Moroccan tea, and sold Amal’s jewelry and Kamar’s handmade fancy Moroccan inspired soaps.
A few years ago, Kamar went to school for massage therapy. After starting the Entrepreneur Training for Success program in April, Kamar realized that offering massage therapy in addition to pursing her design business would be a good way to increase her earnings. In a short time she has started to build a client base in the DC metro area.
When asked about the role EWI has had in her life, Kamar says, “I will be thankful all my life for the help that EWI has offered me.”
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