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L’oreal helps change lives of poor women

A free hair design training project for 120 poor women, initiated by L’oreal Vietnam, marked its second anniversary on Monday in HCMC.

After studying for two years from 2009, 120 poor, unemployed women and students from open houses and charitable organizations aged between 18 and 35 have seen their lives changed dramatically.

They have become hairdressers at beauty salons nationwide with an average salary of VND2 million or VND3 million for those who run their own salons

Nguyen Ngoc Tuyet Trinh, from L’oreal Vietnam, said: “We have a strict enrollment and training program with nearly 3,000 hours of classes and training at hair salons for participants.”

To earn certificates, students need to achieve high scores from two main tests and apprentice scores at hair salons. Those who qualify will receive diploma certificates from L’oreal hair design institute and HCMC vocational training school. The graduation rate is 80% for each course, with L’oreal already completing four courses.

“Before participating in this program, I am unemployed and living in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre. I feel so lucky because I have a job after the hair design training course with the salary of nearly VND2 million to help my family.

“I will try my best to master skills as a professional hairdresser,” said student Hong Son, who graduated from the fourth course, and is a junior hairdresser at The Gioi Toc salon in HCMC’s District 5.

The project has expanded to many provinces like Cao Lanh, Ben Tre, Long An and Binh Phuoc to help more disadvantaged women. The fifth course of the project which started on Monday offers more subjects for participants like hair extension and make-up.

The project also organizes annual beauty festival days for people in remote areas to give opportunities for students to further improve their skills.

For further information about the program, contact Ms. Lien Chi of L’oreal Vietnam at unit 603, level 6, 54 Nguyen Trai Street, District 1, HCMC, tel: 3925 5834 ext 123 or Ms. Tran of HCMC vocational training school at 38 Tran Khanh Du Street, District 1, tel: 6675 2220.