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Profile of Scholar Alumna Maria Bentil

Alumna Maria Bentil

Origin: Gomoa Maim, Central Region, Ghana

Current Location: Kasoa, Central Region, Ghana

Qualification: BA. Social Work

Current Engagement: Chief Executive Officer of Dream Kreations

Maria is a Cohort One (1) Scholar Alumna of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (MCFSP at KNUST). She is the founder of Dream Kreations, a business venture which is into the production of fashion accessories including beaded jewelleries, millinery, bridal fans, flower bouquets, among others. She is also the Co-founder of Marich Industry, producers of toiletries and household chemicals.

Through Dream Kreations, Maria has been organising training workshops for people in her community to teach them skills needed to produce fashion accessories. She does this as part of her service to her community and her contribution to solving the challenge of unemployment especially among females in Africa. Her training workshops focuses on training, young females, workers, housewives, teenage mothers, among others. She is very passionate about training such groups of people to equip them with skills to help them secure a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.

Maria, through her start-up, has trained Seventy-one (71) individuals in craft making and has made available videos of some of the training sessions on her YouTube channel for the benefit of other individuals.

To store her knowledge in craft making for the benefit of others, she has authored a book which gives a step-by-step guide on bead making; titled “Dream Beads”.

For her passion to impact lives especially the less privileged with her knowledge in craft making, Maria was awarded the “Best Scholar Alumna Community Impact Award 2021” at the KNUST Vice-Chancellor’s Reception for first-year Scholars on 13th March, 2021 by MCFSP at KNUST.

Maria is strong, dexterous, and passionate about craft works. She has an outstanding skill in crafting customised jewelleries, millinery, beads, bridal accessories among. Her services are heavily sought after by lots of personalities, including lecturers.

Message of Encouragement: “The Skills Training sessions organised by MCFSP at KNUST has been very impactful to me. I do not only have a degree, but I also have a skill to enhance my livelihood and impact the lives of others. I have been driven by my passion and love for the things I do and what I want to be. I encourage the younger ones in Africa, especially females with or without formal education to learn a skill. I also urge parents and leaders of African societies to support the youth into skills training to contribute to solving youth unemployment in Africa. As a young female, do not only aspire to be employed by others, rather dream to create opportunities that will provide employment for others.”

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Contact Maria Bentil/Dream Kreations

Email: dreamkreations94@gmail.com

Social Media: YouTube, Facebook and Instagram