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May 2, 2019

Caron Ng: How Women Build Confidence

While the number of women-owned business enterprises is increasing faster than the national average, I still see so many women not daring to grow their companies […]
July 10, 2018

Film Director C. Fitz Answers: What ways can women help others succeed?

We can help other women succeed in several ways. I try and incorporate these concepts into my work: Mentor women of any age. Now more then […]
July 8, 2019

Melanie Kirschner – Melanie Kirschner Gallery: Who was the most influential person you ever met and how did they influence you?

I’ve been very fortunate in my life to have been able to meet and interact with a lot of amazing people. They range from very successful […]
July 10, 2018

Jewel Thais – Williams Answers: What top 3 pieces of advice would you give to an entrepreneur?

Location, location – Research the area that you would like to locate or if you already have a location it is not too late to find […]
June 12, 2019

Ora Nadrich – TheIFTT.org: What makes you a fearless woman?

What makes me a fearless woman is going towards my fears. Whenever I feel something that challenges me, and either makes me nervous or uncomfortable, I […]
July 13, 2018

Laura Gmeinder – Empowered Women Empowering Women: What ways can women help others succeed?

Honor Emerging Leaders Ask a woman you respect if you can nominate her for an honor or award. She will be so flattered. And don’t be […]
June 17, 2019

Bella Baskin, CEO & Founder of Bless It Bag Answers: What makes you a fearless woman?

I would say that the opposite of fear is faith and faith without works is dead. Faith is something I try to practice in my daily […]
July 23, 2018

Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek: Contracted Leadership: What motivated you to start your business?

The motivation to start Contracted Leadership with my husband came from my personal experience working and leading in the corporate world as an HR professional. It […]
June 17, 2019

Kristine Ovsepian: What makes me a fearless woman?

One thing I have learned from my spiritual journey in the past decade is that fear is an illusion and if I give it room, it […]
July 31, 2018

Catherine Enright – eXO Skin Simple: What motivated you to start your business?

I was motivated to start eXO Skin Simple when my brother, who runs a biotech firm, told me about exosomes. Scientists only discovered these tiny vesicles […]
August 1, 2019

Dalia MacPhee Answers: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give a younger woman just now starting her company, and why?

This is Your Moment. The world is listening. Women are being given more of a voice now than ever before, and while we still have a […]
August 17, 2018

Rebecca Zung, Esq.: What motivated you to start your business?

My whole life has been one of transitions. And my divorce transition was one of the biggest and most painful of them all. Backing up to […]
July 1, 2019

What is the most valuable communication lesson you’ve learned and why was it so impactful? – Dalia MacPhee

Strong communication across departments and teams is vital for advancing both company culture and strategy. What is the most valuable communication lesson you’ve learned and why […]
November 26, 2018

Sheila Melody – How to Empower Your Life with Self Care

Women are wired to carry the weight of the world.  By nature, we are doers, organizers, and nurturers who can keep multiple plates spinning with work […]
October 15, 2018

Debi Carlin Boyle Answers: What do you think holds women back?

In my opinion, I think what holds women back is fear. Fear of failure being the #1 block. Failure is ultimately our success and unless we […]
September 4, 2018

Angela Setters Bessard Answers: Have Mentors Impacted Your Life?!

In life I have had many mentors that did not even know or realize that they were mentoring me. People, failures and my past life were […]
February 22, 2019

Karen Haines Spa Girl Cocktails Founder/CEO Answers: What is the best business advice you ever received?

Never give up! And learn every aspect of your business; know how to do every job. You will gain respect and have a full understanding of […]
June 11, 2019

Baskets and Beads Kenya – Eldonna Fernandez

She Angels welcomes you to vote for Baskets and Beads Kenyas application. Baskets and Beads Kenya is a for profit business with a non profit arm. Our for profit purchases hand crafted baskets, beads and handbags from artisans who live in the Kipsongo Slum in Kitale Kenya. The primary purpose is to offer a hand up not a hand out. We are creating self sustaining families through entrepreneurship, one woman at a time. We are eradicating poverty and eliminating human trafficking and saving children from a life of extreme poverty. I personally visit Kenya and purchase the items at a market day that we organize while I’m there. They know in advance the amount I will order. We started in the beginning giving microloans to enable them to purchase the supplies to manufacture the items. Some beads are made from paper and magazines, which creates sustainability through use of recycled materials. Other beaded necklaces and baskets are made using glass “seed beads” and we recently invested in a sewing machine and training for some of the women to learn to make purses with the African Wax Print Fabric embellishment. This all started when I went to Kenya in Feb 2018 on a trip to serve suffering and displaced people in Kitale Kenya and the surrounding area. While there I met the women of the Kipsongo Slum which is a slum built on top of a landfill. They live in small mud huts and have no running water, kitchen or bathroom facilities in them. The water comes from the river miles away or the one working pump in the slum. The women of Kipsongo struggle to provide for their families. Most of them have left abusive or alcoholic men and most of the men don’t work, they sit around and drink all day. Some of the women used to prostitute themselves or sell illegal alcohol to earn money (similar to moonshine). Many would get arrested and thrown in prison. Many go to the landfill or dumpster to pick through thrown away food to feed their families. When I saw the beautiful hand crafted items they made, I got an idea to buy some beads and sell them with my Think Like A Negotiator book when I speak. “Book and a Bead “was born. We had a market day with the women and I purchased something from each woman that was there; about $200 in beads and sold out immediately upon my return. I doubled the order and sold out again, I tripled the order and sold out again. In July of 2018 I brought back 7 suitcases full of beads and sold most of those out including wholesaling into some boutique stores. In March 2019, I brought back 10 suitcases of beads and some of those have sold out in the short time I’ve been back. I’ve also reached out to some shops that have purchased wholesale lots and almost all have reordered because they are selling out. To move this forward I need more funding to hire a bigger team, have a marketing plan and introductions to more wholesale outlets to purchase the beads. I intend to hire women veterans and give my female veteran sisters an opportunity to work. As a veteran myself I know the struggles of transitioning out of the military. We are at the beginning of the growth stage now where we need a good marketing plan and strategy, an expert in marketing and social media and a publicity team, a full marketing budget and warehouse planning and inventory control system to ensure our infrastructure is solid and we have enough team members to handle the expansion and growth. We have been growing steadily and expect an explosion of growth once marketing and publicity are in place and more people know about the women and our story. Our non-profit was established to raise funds for the bigger vision to purchase land to build housing to get them out of the slum, a farm for food both for their families and as an extra stream of income and a place for the ladies to manufacture the beads. Currently they are doing the work in their individual huts. We are modeling after another organization “Esther’s Home” in Kitale that has the farmer who started their farm and will give us training and consulting to get our farm set up. The farm will grow fruits and vegetables and also have cows for milk, chickens for eggs and a fishpond. The non-profit will also provide funding for educating the women further, purchase of equipment and furnishings for the housing and provide school fees for children including children on the street. There is another program in the works to have each one of the families who receive a home to take the kids off the street and provide them a home. There are no foster care programs in Kenya. There are many children as young as 7 and 8 years of age who live on the street and beg for food.