By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh
GRACE OKEH, a beneficiary of the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Training (Green STEP) in the 2017/2018 Cycle, hails from Okpe Local Government Area. She has an OND in Secretariat Administration from the Benson Idahosa University, Okada. She is the CEO of Gracie Delux Fashion Home located in Asaba. Though only three years in business, she has built her business to an enviable level far beyond her contemporaries. Gracie Delux Fashion specialises in female, male and baby wears.
From being a fulltime homemaker, she is now a business owner, a trainer and an employer of labour. She is doing great and making positive impact in her family. She has diversified into sale of fabrics and tailoring accessories. She also retails water and soft drinks. Hear her.
“To strengthen my proficiency in the skill, I had to engage a different fashion trainer other than the job creation trainer I was posted to. I was well established with my Starter Pack and support from my husband.
“Because the demand for male wears is high, I employed male and female designers. In addition, I have bought a weaving machine, three manual machines, a cover button machine and a double-door fridge. I also sell fabrics, tailoring accessories, beverages and water. I have trained three persons who are doing well too.
“From being a fulltime homemaker, I am now an entrepreneur and an employer. It has been fulfilling and rewarding. I now contribute meaningfully to the upkeep of my home.”