Louise Robertson Journalist Your Local Guardian
Ida Horner is an incredible but delightfully modest woman. She is also positive proof that one person can make a huge difference. As it is, her life is very full and incredibly rewarding. Aside from helping women in her home continent, without generating any form of income, she also helps women around Surrey to get their business dreams off the ground. Surrey Women’s Enterprise was set up with Ida’s help, allowing women in the county to share their business ideas in a supportive environment
Cecilia Group Leader Emberbrook Trefoil Guild
On behalf of Emberbrook Trefoil Guild I would like to thank you and Ann so much for coming to our meeting. We were very impressed by your personal story and change of direction. Your little video was most informative of the new life you have given to rural women in your village
Roz Maher Economic Development Manager Business Link Woking
Over the last two Years Business Link have run a series of regional one day events called What’s Stopping You? Which are funded by South East Economic Development Agency (SEEDA) The events are targeted at women thinking of starting up in business or that are in their first year of trading. The format is designed to make women feel at ease and have the opportunity to network, speak to exhibitors, listen to seminars and hear from women lead companies that are successful, and are willing to share their stories.
Ida Horner was invited to speak as a panellist and have a stand showcasing her business at several of these highly successful events. Her inspiring story as the founder of Ethnic Supplies telling her story of her journey from birth in Uganda and living through the Idi Amin civil war to being offered a scholarship in Salzburg on Tourism then coming to the UK working in social housing and deciding that she needed to do more with her life moved the audience . Ethnic Supplies makes a difference to people lives and this was the driver behind the company.
Women come to the events for a variety of reasons from building their confidence to improving their business skills to networking and to be inspired stories such as Ida’s are strong role models and have inspired many to make their dreams a reality.
Jackie Groundsell- Founder 1230 The Women’s Company
I first met Ida at a What’s Stopping You? event, and clearly once Ida has made up her mind, there’s definitely nothing stopping her! Her gentle manner as she tells her moving and inspiring story of how she came to found Ethnic Supplies – from her birth in Uganda and living through the Idi Amin civil war to being offered a scholarship in Salzburg on Tourism, to when she moved to the UK working in social housing; a holiday in her home land led her on the path she is now to helping women sell their crafts to support themselves and their families. Ida is a great ambassador for women and I feel sure is destined for far greater things. I was delighted when Ida agreed to be a speaker at the 1230 Any Other Business? Conference 2010 – Ida captivated everyone with her story and presence – not least with her stunning outfit! Thank you so much Ida.
Business Tutor Brooklands college Weybridge
“Overall I think it went very well. It was great for the students to get an insight into this enterprise led by Ida. Her talk was informative. She covered a variety of topics and was very pleasant in her manner. I would be keen to have her again next academic year and would be happy to recommend her”.
AFRICAN UNITY IN THE DIASPORA -29th June 2010
Dear Ida Horner,
Warm greetings to you,
On behalf of Africans United in Diaspora(AUD), with respect to Arab African NGO Forum and participants who attended the event on Saturday 26th June 2010, we would like to THANK YOU for speaking at our event which brought in a magnificent twist to the theme of Human rights and Dignity. Your commitment and dedication to Human rights issues is one that is truly admirable.
Your dedication and contributions to subjects pertaining to democracy, equity, human rights, governance and peace has been invaluable. AUD participants have been privileged to have you as one of its key presenter alongside our distinguished guest speakers Rev. Dr. Kajumba and Rahma Abdalla at the Diaspora conference!
Your presentation was powerful; we welcome your comments and strong reinforcement that Africans women and girls have the rights to live a free and dignified Life, you also highlighted the power of unity through addressing the injustices and inequalities that Women continue to face in the Diasopora and in Africa. Your presentations highlighted good points and ways in which African Diaspora can transfer skills to Africa and most importantly recognising the power of the African women as the pillar of a strong household.
Your gift of empowerment, advice to AUD is very highly appreciated and embraced. Your support has been of significance to conference attendees and on that note; we would like to wish you well in all your present endeavours & future commitments.
We hope that you will be able to engage in our upcoming events in the year.
With warmest regards
On Behalf of Africans United in Diaspora