After graduating from the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) with a sound degree, Zainab Kargbo applied for over 100 jobs, but none of them ever responded to her. In the process, she discovered a Youtube video about making tufted beds, leading her to learn the skill. Succeeding in a men-dominated industry is difficult, and Zainab faced gender discrimination and various obstacles, before she eventually established Zeekay Woodworks.
This woodworking company provides training and employment opportunities to vulnerable girls in the field of carpentry. An inspiring example of a brave woman that takes risks, Zainab has gained recognition for her carpentry profession in a video interview with Salone Messenger, leading to an interview at Focus on Africa. Despite still caring for her home, Zainab manages her time in order to progress in her profession and insists that furniture-making is attainable for anyone determined to dedicate their effort.
The success of Zeekay Woodworks is a testament to Zainab’s tenacity and unwavering commitment, and her impact on the vulnerable girls she works with is a true inspiration. She aims to build a lasting legacy in the woodwork industry and encourages others to take up the craft, knowing that with dedication and passion, dream can be achieved.