Shockingly, Coronavirus has been my blessing in disguise for me. On 2/28/2020 I gave birth to my second daughter. She was a full month early and arrived before all of the shutdowns. I didn't realize how bad times could get until I started to see others losing their jobs and sense of security. I've always wanted to start my own business but never thought I could be able to as a mom of two.
Thanks to faith and a Google search I found Africa Imports! Your products have helped me generate an extra source of income to provide for my family. Your products and values are what keeps me loyal to your company. Thank you. For those who are afraid to leap, just close your eyes and let go. The real failure is not trying.
~ Ebonie in Stamford, CT
My decision to start a business during the pandemic was solely based on the first stimulus payment. I wanted to do something with the money besides throwing it away on things I didn't need. I was already a member of Africa Imports before the pandemic,
Sales are slow but they are always slow for sole proprietor startups, but I try to keep potential customers interested in new and current African fashion trends, like African Print face masks made in Africa, African Print Head Wraps, Homeware, and my latest addition, handmade shoes by Nigerian artisans.
MAfrican Print Head Wraps, Homeware, and my latest addition, handmade shoes by Nigerian artisans.
I've been a healthcare provider and lead organizer for a union for 18 years until both my mom and brother, whom I cared for, passed in 2019. My Union shut down in March due to the pandemic and now I'm unemployed. Since then, I've restarted my old passion for sewing and selling health products.
Once I started rekindling my joy, my ex-husband, died in July. I thought restarting my business was over because of the heartaches and sadness. Consequently, my ex-husband's family wants me to make tshirts and mask for the memorial.
I can truly say I understand now why the Bible says, 'all things works together'. I believe all of the loss of loved one's has reconnected me with who I am. I am strong! This pandemic is not a defeat, but a distraction. As long as I keep my eyes on what I can do to make a difference it'll keep my mind off the things I can't change.
~ Regina in Suisun City, CA
I am a dance and Acrobatics teacher full time and absolutely adore my job! When Covid-19 hit and my studio was shut down my students and I were devastated. Thankfully we have some wonderful technology available to us, and using zoom I was able to get online classes up and running. It was tricky designing classes that could work for just about any space the kids had available at home and we all had to laugh over some of the creative places the kids found to dance. I got better at using only verbal cues and we even managed to work on some choreography. It was wonderful to have a connecting point with my students even though we all really missed the studio. Thankfully I am able to open up my studio space again this falland am adapting classes to work with social distancing regulations. This experience taught me to make the best of what you have to work with and we really can dance anywhere!
Worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic has changed life and work for all. The three "D's" are the key. These are dedication, discipline and determination.The hardest thing for me in my business during the last few months of this pandemic was making the necessary adjustments. Obviously the restrictions placed on the public slowed business down, therefore various alternative had to be used. My business is operated online and at major events. This year, social distancing and lack of events affected the easier method of obtaining funds through customer sales. The turn over definitely wasn't the same due to the lack of interaction with customers.
I have had many successes as I focused my mind in a positive place. I progressed by pushing harder via social media platforms, advertising, word of mouth and encouraging my customers to spread the word about my products. Those few actions listed are the methods I applied and executed. Those were the main changes I took to work around the entire corona situation. The result was customers weren't limited to just the event locations. Persistance and determination made a vast difference. ~ Keisha