- Layla came up with the idea to honor her late brother, a supporter of homeless people.
- A small, independently-owned auto-detailing business in London, Ontario, is looking for women to learn new skills and get a second chance.
Layla, the entrepreneur and founder of Cover Girls Auto Detailing, said she got the idea for the company after her older brother, Sam, died.
“We used to hand out food to homeless people,” Kh explained. “He had a strong desire to assist those in need,” Kh stated that when she went with her brother to distribute food, she would frequently meet women who were homeless and learn about their struggles firsthand.
In September, she opened Cover Girls in the city’s west end, intending to assist women in overcoming barriers and gaining a sense of independence. The single-garage shop provides exterior and interior car cleaning. Cover Girls is intended to be both a source of income and a second home for its employees.
“This is a place where I want to be able to help them get back on their feet, to believe in life again, to have hope again, and to say that they, too, can do it,” Layla said. “It will be a huge help for those who don’t feel comfortable working somewhere else,” she added.
‘Family values, hard work, and loyalty
Employees Manveen (Moon) Kaur and Clara Musazade have learned to provide detailing services such as waxing, vacuuming, and shampooing to a growing clientele since the store’s inception. Kaur, who discovered Cover Girls through a friend, says coming to work has been empowering.
“I’ve learned the importance of family values, hard work, and dedication,” Kaur said. Working at Cover Girls has allowed Musazade to connect with the larger community that comes through the door. She stated that the ultimate goal is to provide as many women as possible with opportunities for a better life. “It’s the power within us that needs to be proved, that we can do it.”
Source: CBC News