Write down the name Monique Fonyodi.
The young entrepreneur was one of some 12 stallholders competing for interest at the Port Macquarie Library’s Makers’ Markets on Saturday.
The key to the markets is that all the stallholders planned and created the products available for sale, learned how to market and communicate and, importantly, close a sale deal.
And all the stallholders are youth.
The wonderfully creative group took over a section of the library for some three hours’ of sales, with many of their products original concepts.
It was hard not to be impressed with the enthusiasm the stallholders displayed.
Just like Monique.
The owner of Sewn by Monique has spent the last two years learning her craft and now products handmade handbags, purses and earrings along with many other products.
She says her creativity comes from browsing the internet and adapting differing styles to all fabrics.
“I just like to try different things and alter them to suit the like I like,” she said. “The best fun is in experimenting to see what things look like using different fabrics.
“While I enjoy this side of things, I really want to be a fashion designer as a career. That would be excellent.”
The Makers’ Markets helps expose our young entrepreneurs to a full range of market forces, including meeting different people, talking to customers, explaining their products, developing confidence in your abilities and, importantly, closing a deal.
Children's librarian Virginia Cox was one of the drivers of the project.