On her visit to Moldova in April, OGI Founder Deidre Pujols met with Ellia Catricci, a local business owner and vocational trainer. Ellia has her own school of cosmetology in Chisinau and is now launching out to create three new nail salons in Moldova’s capitol, as well as a new school of nail design. OGI is partnering with Eliia to create employment opportunities and vocational training through a low interest, small business loan. With this investment, Ellia is hoping to create 30 new jobs as well as train individuals from all backgrounds and skill levels to start new careers in cosmetology.

As a result of our partnership…

Ellia has already accepted two young women from a local transitional home for at risk youth into her training program and plans to offer them a chance to work in her newest nail salon location. These two young women are full of skill and hope for the future. While they are finishing their state educations, they will be able to take a part-time position with Ellia in an effort to save money and build their resumes, aiding in the transition process of becoming self-sustaining, empowered adults. We are looking forward to seeing the success and growth of all the students who train and work with Ellia, who is herself, a very stylish hero indeed!

Picture in new salon and training location: From left, OGI team member Sherri Nozik, Ellia Catricci, Deidre Pujols, Max Catricci (Ellia’s husband), and OGI Moldova President Anatol Malancea. The property remodel has already begun and the salon will open in June 2018!