Schwarzkopf Professional’s Shaping Futures initiative has been changing lives in undeveloped countries since 2010, and has benefitted over 1,700 young, disadvantaged adults. The latest success story is from Shoba Pillapa in Bangalore, India.
Shobha became involved with Shaping Futures in 2012, when Schwarzkopf Professional’s volunteers headed to SOS children’s village in Bangalore to teach the art of hairdressing. After tragically loosing her husband in a motorbike accident, Shobha found herself in an incredibly difficult situation where she needed to support herself and her children.
SOS children’s village, a charity working with orphaned and abandoned children, and Shaping Futures welcomed her onto a six-week hairdressing training programme, resulting in her getting a job and now owning her very own salon.
Not only has she now built a stable life for herself and her family, she is able to provide jobs for others, showing that the impact of Shaping Futures goes on and on.
Shaping Futures Ambassador Janet Maitland was among the volunteers who helped to change Shobha’s life for the better, and regularly keeps in touch with her, along with others, to keep up to date with all the good that the initiative can bring.
“Shaping Futures has had a massive impact on Shobna and her beautiful little boys,” says Janet. “From coming to SOS village and taking part in the programme, her life and that of her boys has been transformed. I remember Shobna well from the training and how determined she was to learn. The fact that she now has her own salon and a number of staff helping her is a true testament to her dedication, the power of hairdressing and the life changing impact that Shaping Futures can have on people across the globe. She is a great success story and our frequent Facetime catch-up’s leave me in no doubt that she will continue to make a great success of her salon and her family’s future!”