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Meet the recipients of the Caress • IFWOC COVID-19 Grant Program


September 23, 2020

IFundWomen of Color was created with our founding partner Caress to help diverse entrepreneurs bring their dreams into reality through raising capital via crowdfunding and providing grants, coaching, and the connections needed to launch and grow successful businesses.

Caress is saddened by the severe impact that COVID-19 is wreaking on communities and on small businesses and entrepreneurs. They recognize that in this critical time, small businesses are struggling immensely and the disadvantages that women of color entrepreneurs face are only growing.  As a founding partner of IFundWomen of Color, Caress is proud to be supporting 200 women of color owned small businesses with $500,000 in grants for COVID-19 relief.

Meet this week's Caress • IFundWomen of Color COVID-19 grant recipients:

Jay Ell Alexander
Founder of Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! is a network of women embarking on a MOVEment to change the health of the Black community.

Brittney Ramsey
Founder of B. Sherrie Designs

B. Sherrie Designs is creating experiences that leave a lasting impression on your and your guest for years to come.

Beth Smith

Beth Diana Smith Interior Design specializes in creating the feeling and the vibe of interiors to ensure that it’s a space that not only looks good but feels good. We manage everything from the concept to the execution for both residential and commercial spaces so we are the only call that a client needs to make.

Angela Sison
Founder of Conrado

Conrado is a sustainable fashion brand dedicated to the use of recycled deadstock fabric. Conrado is ethically made by artisans in our 40-year-old family garment workshop in the Philippines.

Leah Langley-McClean
Founder of elleNelle

elleNelle is a size-inclusive custom bridal brand that celebrates curves.

Renee Harris
Founder of Esteem Girls

Esteem Girls is a stem academic services organization, providing hands on interactive programming and academic enrichment that empower girls to pursue stem fields.

Tosca Hillman
Founder of GlōGirl Cosmetics

GlōGirl Cosmetics represents boldness, power and uniqueness. Our goal is to celebrate global beauty while redefining the beauty standard.

Kemi Tignor
Founder of Little Likes Kids

Little Likes Kids is a boutique toy company designed for a new generation of kids by offering toys with decidedly diverse imagery.

Cynthia Belardo
Founder of Menstrual Mates

Menstrual Mates developed a proven, full circle approach to menstruation that creates a fortified link between parent and child consumers through menstruation education and products.

Marivette Navarrete
Founder of The Mujerista

The Mujerista is a digital media publication and network dedicated to empowering and celebrating the next generation of Latinas who are challenging stereotypes and making an impact in our culture.

Nitiya Walker

Seeds of Fortune Inc. is transforming the way young women of color view money starting with college affordability. Through teaching college funding, career, and financial skill sets both in person and online our members have been able to garner $8Million in college scholarships and grants.

Natalie Perez
Founder of She TV Media, LLC

She TV Media is a full-service, female-owned video production company, focused on telling inspiring and important stories of empowered women through documentaries, narratives, and branded commercial content. She TV Media owns She TV Go, a socially conscious and female-forward on-demand video streaming app.

Bridgett Jeffries
Founder of Cafe Wakefern LLC

I own Cafe Wakefern LLC is a home dog boarding and daycare business! 

Carmen Ferreyra
Founder of Porteñas

Porteñas is a women-owned business whose focus is to bring Argentina’s unique culture of friendship to the US, through South America’s best-loved beverages, meals and treats.

Vanessa Jones

We're a Cheesecake specialty mobile dessert truck and have won the Award for Best Dessert.

Tomara Watkins
Founder of Loza Tam, LLC

Loza Tam is a brand of satin-lined hair accessories for the woman on the move (or working from home).

Michel Morales
Founder of Michel Morales

Michel Morales specializes in transforming lives, communities and the world through real estate by providing joy beyond the transaction.

Azra Khalfan
Founder of Plaques by Azra

We specialize in engraving and digital printing, for over 45 years, we have taken pride in delivering quality signs and award all over the world.