Five young entrepreneurs, known as the Tea Girls, operate a social enterprise in Halifax.
The 11- and 12-year-olds started a business out of Hope Blooms, an organization that engages young people in Halifax’s North End on education, social inclusion and breaking the cycle of poverty.
The Tea Girls say they hope to give back to their community in a big way and encourage others to do the same.
Jasaya Stephenson, Akiyrah Stevenson, Arionne Dixon-Farmer, London Goree and Bianca Tynes make up the group.
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“A lot of people see us as cute little kids, but when you change the way you see us, you see very social entrepreneurs working very hard to make children’s dreams come true and build the community and the world to be a better place. for us to grow,” Stevenson said.
The Tea Girls sell two different types of tea and 100% of their profits will be donated to their community.
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The types of tea they offer are “Happy Hibiscus” and “Magic Matcha”.
“We get hibiscus tea from Africa, from Senegal. And we get the dried blueberries in Nova Scotia Organics tea,” Stephenson said.
The group is currently working to raise funds to build a music studio in their community. The studio will be equipped with instruments and recording equipment.
The Tea Girls, along with 100 other young people, learn about entrepreneurship and work together to help solve social problems within their community. Since participating in Hope Blooms, they say they have learned a lot about themselves.
“I learned that I could do a lot more than I thought I could. I feel like I can be a lot more myself,” Stevenson said.
“When I grow up, I want to teach other people how to be leaders, how to start their own businesses, and how to be better people,” Dixon-Farmer said.
The group will raise funds for the music studio with fellow social enterprise group, The Hot Cocoa Boys.
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Those interested in purchasing their tea and learning more about Hope Blooms initiatives can visit the website: http://www.hopeblooms.ca
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