Over 40 exhibitors came together at the Glamorous Ladies Ministry’s (GLM) business fair in Blantyre recently to showcase clothes, beauty products, herbal medicine, bedroom accessories, wedding decor items, handbags and kitchenware.
Patrons also had their fair share of fun through make-overs and photo sessions.
“Our aim was for women to interact and get to know each other while unlocking new markets for the products and services they sell. This was one way they could also learn from each other. The business fair also served as a way of raising awareness for the GLM Ministry,” said Annie Chitedze, spokesperson for the ministry.
She also said the response was overwhelming.
Said she: “Many people exhibited products and services and buyers came in large numbers too. The fair has, therefore, helped people to know where they can find which products or services,” she said.
Noella Mzinza, director of Anyone Can Craft, a business that produces paper materials targeting wedding planners, bakers, stationery suppliers and interior decorators was happy to be part of the fair.
“Most people look for things outside the country, so we thought of producing these items locally to reduce dependency on foreign markets. That way, they get them at cheaper rates. The response for our paper products has so far been good. Some customers even give us ideas of what they want and we make those accordingly,” she said.
A representative of OC Cosmetics Fatima Hakim-Nyamirandu also said people tried and fell in love with the various products on exhibit.
“Our cosmetics are from the United States. Apart from selling the actual beauty products, we also have a make-up artist who does make-up for all occasions,” she said.
GLM is an arm of Raised for a Purpose (RFP) Ministries founded by Pastor Aubrey Mwasinga. It mainly focuses on helping women realise their potential in God and help them pursue their purposes by offering them a platform to serve.