Inkster nonprofit headquarters teaches people skills to break cycle of poverty


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INKSTER, Mich. – Zaman International, a nonprofit from Inkster, is gaining national exposure with a new advertising campaign.

The association was formed in 2004 and works to help households meet their basic needs and break the cycle of poverty, according to its website. They empower households with vocational training and training programs.

Zaman International has a workforce development kitchen that it uses to sell cookies online. It also has an industrial sewing school and a culinary school. All located within a single Inkster warehouse.

Founder and CEO Najah Bazzy was named one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2019. That year, Subaru ran a “Share the Love” campaign and pledged to match the first $ 50,000 given to each hero through its CNN Heroes GoFundMe campaign.

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In just 16 hours, Zaman hit the cap and won over $ 300,000 for women and children living in poverty.

“The entire CNN campaign raised over $ 300,000 which allowed us to leverage our influence and make our dreams come true here,” Bazzy said.

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Bazzy said she praises to show her support for those who support her mission. This mission is to eradicate poverty and suffering and to pave the way for success through education and training.

“It’s our commercial kitchen, which produces products for the market. Our clients are trained in our Culinary Arts program and are employed here with a living wage, ”Bazzy said.

Carly Wills is one of those employees. She lost her home in the 2020 California wildfires and returned to her home state of Michigan with her two children. She had no plan or options until she was introduced to Zaman’s international culinary program.

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“I feel very empowered to be here,” Wills said. “It’s a complete family atmosphere.

Youlanda Gardenhire did janitorial work and earned a low salary. In just six months, she is now earning a living wage and is able to support her son. Her biggest plan is to support the organization that changed her life.

“A year from now, I want my name to be among the platinum donors someday,” Gardenhire said.

The two women work and feel good about themselves. They take advantage of the attention the organization has received from new publicity.

Click here to find out more about Zaman International.

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