I am from Ghana, West Africa currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. I am a Fundraising Fashion Event Coordinator, Social Entrepreneur, Overseas Ministry Partner and International Coordinator for exchange students.
I came to the United States of America as an exchange student 20 years ago and decided to establish myself to help my siblings come to the U.S. I have a business called AfricStyle Initiatives, LLC and I have been in business since 2016. AfricStyle promotes the rich Culture of Africa while promoting local entrepreneurs through fundraising, fashion, and networking events which are organized twice a year. (Motto: Bridging cultures, one event at a time with opportunities for entrepreneurship).
My fashion shows are twice a year and part of the proceeds benefit my local community and overseas vendors/partners. Each year, my schedule permits two major fashion shows and six opportunities to be a vendor where I showcase my designs and products. The products are (clothing, accessories, home decor, all with African print fabric) that I showcase in the fashion show and vendor events are 40% made by me in the U.S. and 60% overseas.
As a social entrepreneur my job is to find opportunities to create entrepreneurs. So I connect with U.S. businesses, organizations, and manufacturers who have interest in building business partnerships overseas to consider bringing in products made by vendors I have connected with or help them build their own business partnerships and create sustainable business for themselves and families.
There are many business opportunities in Ghana especially in the cocoa, oil, gold, and fashion industries. Due to the high unemployment rate in Ghana as a social entrepreneur, my job is to create avenues for employment. I am always looking for partners and sponsors to help young people learn a skill or make use of their skill by producing and selling. The little I can do with my platform is support financially with their seed money to produce products that benefit my platform, which is the fashion and networking events with proceeds going back to support them.
I have 6-10 established vendors/manufacturers between Ghana, Kenya and South Africa that I have worked with in the past five years in business. AfricStyle events are always the first weekend in February (heritage month celebration) and the last weekend in July (back to school drive for community students).
As an Exchange Student Coordinator, the organization I work with brings high school students from overseas and my job is to find them host families who live and exchange their experiences with the student for 4 weeks to a year depending on the students’ traveling permit. This is a great way in bridging the American and International cultures. We have had families build relationships with their student’s family, which has allowed their host families the opportunity to visit overseas.
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If you would like to learn more Serwah Armah-Korenteng services, visit her website at www.myafricstyleinitiatives.com or contact by sending her an email at AfricStyleInitiatives@gmail.com