Israella Kafui Mansu
She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mansuki Ghana Limited, a 6 years old multiple award winning natural cosmetics manufacturing company, with the brand name MGL Naturals. After graduating from the University Of Ghana, she sent numerous job application letters to organisations seeking for job but found no employment. She identified high rate of unemployment, lack of vocational skills training among Ghanaian youth, poor market for rural women to sell their good quality natural cosmetic ingredients and unhealthy beauty care products on the Ghanaian cosmetic market.
September 2009 at age 24 and an unemployed graduate, she found solutions to the developmental challenges she identified by establishing her business from home to employ herself and others. As a leader, she researches, designs, develops, produces and commercializes quality handcrafted and natural hair and body care products for local and international sales. She creates employment, sustainable on-job vocational skills training for the less privileged rural women and unskilled youths, with skills such as soaps, body cream/butter and hair pomade making, packaging, marketing and other basic entrepreneurial skills. She educates these women and empowers them financially to produce Shea butter, African black soap, cocoa butter and coconut oil with fair trading.
Israella Kafui Mansu
90% of the company’s raw materials are sourced from marginalised women from rural communities in Ghana. These income generating activities she continues to create and providing shelter for some, empower employees financially to support their families’ livelihood; the training equips them to become successful entrepreneurs to help eradicate extreme poverty in our communities. Providing customers with high quality natural cosmetics for a safe beauty health, she achieved 20 different finished products and still counting, received multiple Ghanaian and international business awards.
She was celebrated as an ‘Apostle of the new economy’ by Springboard, Legacy and Legacy, Ghana. She was also honoured by TV3 Business Focus on the 10th February, 2014 as the ‘Mover of the Week’. In June 2014, she was celebrated as a Unique Achiever on JoyFm, Ghana. She Co-chaired the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) Initiative with the President of Ghana at the launch. She is a 2015 IVLP African Women Entrepreneurship Program Alumni (U.S Department Of State program ). She is an old student of Anfoega Senior High School, Volta Region and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Consumer Science and Psychology from the University of Ghana.