In the realm of social entrepreneurship, Fatou Saine Gaye stands as a shining example of dedication, impact, and empowerment. As the Executive Director of Gaye Njorro Skills Academy, Fatou has devoted her career to equipping youth and women with valuable skills, fostering socio-economic development in The Gambia.
With a degree in Banking and Finance from Guildhall University, Fatou embarked on a journey that would see her emerge as a beacon of inspiration in the world of entrepreneurship. In 2007, she initiated her entrepreneurial venture, Njorro Hair Plus, a hairdressing salon that would later transform into a skills training center for girls and young women.
The academy, under Fatou’s visionary leadership, has expanded to include three skills centers in The Gambia. More than just imparting technical skills, Gaye Njorro Skills Academy has become a catalyst for change, having trained over 2400 young people in enterprise development.
Fatou’s commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. In 2016, she was recognized with the Empretec Women in Business of the Year Award, a testament to her outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship. Two years later, she clinched the Business Woman of the Year Award, further solidifying her status as a trailblazer.
The accolades continued as Fatou recently received the Social Entrepreneurship Award in Kenya at the World Investment Forum organized by UNCTAD. This global recognition came as part of the Women in Business Awards, a biennial event that celebrates women who excel in driving national development.
The journey began with Njorro Hair Plus, and today, the impact extends far beyond the salon. Fatou’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering entrepreneurship has not only transformed lives but has contributed to the socio-economic fabric of The Gambia.
As we celebrate Fatou Saine Gaye’s remarkable achievements, we recognize her as a source of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs and a driving force behind positive change. Her story is one of resilience, vision, and a passion for uplifting others – a narrative that continues to resonate globally.