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A Guide to Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Scandinavia

Photo: Bilan RK by Nade Magiting

The first Black-Owned Business and Entrepreneurs Summit took place in Copenhagen on 4th May 2019. This event brought together black-owned businesses and community leaders to share their start-up stories and networks. The day included keynote speakers, brand exhibitions, and a banquet in the evening.

Whether you were able to attend the summit or not, it’s important that the information shared at the summit be available as a resource for those who would like to start their own businesses, find mentors, or simply learn how to support black-owned businesses in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and the entire Nordic region.

Here is a starter guide of black-owned businesses to support in Scandinavia:

Afrocolours Collecn

Ijeoma Mercy Seidlitz, originally from Nigeria, has been in Sweden for three years. The founder of clothing brand Afrocolurs Collecn, she is a self-taught fashion designer, producing ready-to-wear sustainable African clothes and accessories. The aim of Afrocolours Collecn is to turn African-inspired fashion global and create awareness of the
African textile market. The brand aims to be as eco-friendly as possible, making scrap fabric into accessories that are then contributed to charity organizations.

See the Afrocolours Collecn Instagram

 

 
 

ConfidentGains – Nutrition Therapy/Wellness Coaching

ConfidentGains is a holistic wellness coaching service available to individuals who are stressed and burned out from their busy day-to-day routine, wanting to achieve a more balanced, fulfilling, and confident life. As a wellness coach, Golda Fania, who has an MSc in Nutrition, is skilled at approaching people with compassion and understanding of their unique situation.

 

 
She offers a helping hand by providing guidance, evidence-based nutrition therapy and practical strategies that can inspire a long-lasting internal change in her clients. The core principle of her business is that the client is in the center, and she is the guide. Together with her clients, Golda strives to pursue and achieve their personal health goals, so they can gain more energy to live well and thrive!

See Confident Gains on Instagram

 

Shadeshares

Shadeshares are quality sunglasses made of Finnish birch veneer with polarized UV protection lenses. All sunglasses are made in SOS Children’s Village in Nairobi, Kenya. Their workshop is currently training and employing 20 young people who come from the Kariobangi & Korogocho slums. Participating in World Vision’s youth programme in Kenya, these trainees get valuable life and professional skills, and are then employed by Shadeshares. The sunglass business benefit charitable causes locally and globally; for each pair of sunglass sold, a tree is planted.
 

 

See Shadeshares on Facebook and Instagram

 

QIIM

QIIM is an African-inspired casual clothing line run by designer Céline Faty, originally from the French Caribbean. Prior to her fashion career, Céline was a singer for over 20 years, touring the world. While she was touring in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, she was attracted to the amazing colors and prints that the local women were proudly wearing. The timing was perfect for her, as she was ready for retraining in her professional career. As a result, in 2011, she created QIIM, a unique “African- inspired” clothing line. Through her journey as a textile designer, she met her husband, a Senegalese man. Since then, Qiim has become a small family business. Céline is also an author, motivational speaker, and mother of two children. She settled in Copenhagen five years ago with her family to share her love of art.

 

 

See QIIM on Facebook and Instagram

 

 
 

Yema Ferreira Psychotherapy and coaching

Yema Ferreira has been practicing culturally appropriate psychotherapy and life coaching for black women, addressing both mental and spiritual health. She works with clients online both locally and internationally from her base in Copenhagen.

See the Yema Ferreira Psychotherapy and Coaching Facebook and Twitter

 

 

Nyah-Beauty

Nyah-Beauty is an online salon and beauty shop that sells Afro cosmetics and Afro hair. The brand started as a webshop in 2004, and by 2006 Nyah-Beauty opened its first store in Nørrebro.

Nyah-Beauty

Rantzausgade 8b, kld.
2200 København N

Opening Hours:
Mon 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tues – Weds 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thurs – Fri 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat By appointment only
Sun Closed

 

 

BILAN RK

BILAN RK inhabits a world of unique and daring designs. Their inspiration derives from the traditional fabrics, colors and patterns rooted in the cultures of East Africa, subtly blended with Scandinavian styles. They communicate a cross-cultural and luxurious aesthetic for men and women.
 

 

See BILAN RK on Instagram

 

My Beautiful People

Born in South Africa, Zozo Ntokazi Mposula moved to Copenhagen when she was 21 years old. She studied modern dance and dance pedagogy at the Copenhagen School of the Performing Arts. In 2009, she first realised her interest in photography after discovering tumblr, but it was not until 2012 when she bought her first camera that the love story began.

 

Zozo began taking street portraits photographs in 2014 and became specifically interested in Afro-street style. Now her work consist of portraits, videos, beautiful stories as well as Afro-street style.

 

See My Beautiful People on Facebook and Instagram

 

JJM Advokatfirma

Jacqueline Mwenesani is a 33 year old advocate from Zimbabwe. Her family moved to Denmark in 1996, when she was 11 years old. As a young girl she was taught that education is the key to success and self-empowerment, and always wanted to be a voice for the voiceless in her community. In 2015 she opened her own law firm, JJM Advokatfirma. She is also a founder of the business network Dansk-Afrikansk Erhvervsnetværk (DAEN), where ambitious Danish Africans meet and network to better their careers.

See JJM-Advokatfirma on Facebook

 

GOB SKINCARE

GOB Skincare was established in 2016 by Somalian-born, Denmark-raised and based sisters Najad and Muna M. Ahmed.
The brand features an all-natural skincare line inspired by raw natural ingredients that women in East Africa have been using for generations. One of these ingredients is a facial mask called Qasil, made of from leaves from the Zizyphus Mauritanie tree, also known as the Chinese Date, Indian Jujube, or in Somalia, the Gob tree. The leaves from the Gob tree are dried and finely crushed to form a green powder, called “Qasil” in Somali. Qasil is used as a facial wash, mask or shampoo, and helps to cleanse the skin without causing dryness.


 

GOB Skincare’s goal is to help people with different skin types and skin issues achieve healthy-looking, glowing skin at reasonable prices. All of their products are 100% natural, cruelty-free, and produced in small batches in Denmark.

See GOB Skincare on Facebook

GOB Skincare

Elmegade 17
2200 København N

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun Closed

 

Sheforshepads

She for She is a social enterprise with the purpose of promoting and creating employment for vulnerable Ugandan women, producing and selling reusable pads, as well as offering menstrual products to the woman in Uganda at an affordable price. The products are produced by women in Uganda, and She for She ensures training, good working conditions and wages for the women who produce the products. She for She makes sure that the products primarily go to girls in school and women in the labor market, thereby ensuring the retention of women in the labor market and girls in school.

The idea behind She for She is to empower girls and women to take their lives into their own hands and reach their full potential through stable income and access to education.

 

Visit She for She Pads on Facebook

 

A2Z Lessons

A2Z Lessons, launched by Brazilian teacher Hildenize, offers educational consulting and tutelage in Danish, English, and mathematics, as well as lessons in Portuguese. A2Z Lessons focuses on individualized learning so that every student can be successful.

See A2Z Lessons on Facebook and Instagram

 

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