Fashion Artist | Event Planner | Sales Agronomist | Agribusiness Advocate
Hello, my name is Keren-Happuch Gyasi-Darko, but I'm popularly known as Happuchino or Chino for short. I'm a typical Ashanti girl, born and raised in Kumasi. People often doubted my identity with Kumasi because of my strong English language skills, but I always made it clear that my knowledge and insight came from constant learning and practice. I've always been a good reader, writer, listener, and speaker, which has helped me land leadership positions throughout my career. As a child, I dreamed of becoming an architect, but ended up studying Agribusiness at the University of Ghana, Legon. It wasn't the path I had envisioned, and I struggled to find happiness in my academic journey. However, as a devout Christian who trusts in God's plan, I kept going and eventually found joy in the field. After graduating, I decided to pursue my passion for fashion by starting my own brand called HAPPUCHINO. I've been drawing and designing clothes since I was 10 years old, and knew it was time to turn my talent into a business.
The brand identity stage for HAPPUCHINO was not easy, but I persevered and launched it in December 2020. Around the same time, I landed a job at Dizengoff Ghana Limited, a leading Agribusiness product and service provider. This inspired me to start a movement called "Women in Agribusiness," where we educate, empower, and promote women in the field. In December 2022, I launched my event planning company, consciously maximizing my full potential and not leaving any talent untapped.
What were the biggest initial hurdles you faced and how did you overcome them?
My journey has been challenging, with sleepless nights, broke periods, sorrowful times, and moments where I wanted to give up. However, I never lost sight of the light at the end of the tunnel and kept pressing on until I achieved results. If you're reading this, I urge you not to leave any of your potentials untapped because that's where your greatness lies.
What advice do you have for young people locally and internationally who are just starting out in their careers or pursuing their passions?
As someone who has pursued my passions and started my own businesses, I would advise young people starting out in their careers or pursuing their passions to not leave any of their potentials untapped.
Stay focused and determined, even in the face of challenges and setbacks, and trust in your own abilities. Constantly learn and improve yourself, network with others in your field, and seek out mentors who can guide you on your journey.
Follow your passions and stay true to your values, as that is where your greatness lies. Remember, success is not always easy, but with hard work, perseverance, and a willingness to learn, you can achieve your goals and make a positive impact in the world.
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