They managed to build a basketball court and playground in their North End community with funds raised by selling hot chocolate and now they are doing it again.
This time, there is a new goal for their community: a music studio.
Fabian Colley, Tayemar Mintos and Maziah Clayton-Hart form the Hot Cocoa Boys, a social enterprise operated out of Hope Blooms. They started their business selling lemonade in the summer and as the weather got colder they had to come up with a different plan and opted for hot chocolate.
“We found the hot chocolate recipe on our own. We came in one day and put a bunch of stuff together until something really worked,” says Maziah Clayton-Hart.
They sold $27,000 of their popular hot chocolate and are well on their way to their next goal, the music studio.
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“It means a lot because I can help people in my community and people around me who I know need it. And that makes me feel good,” says Fabian Colley.
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“It makes me feel good to be able to give back to my community because they have helped me and my family in certain situations, so it feels good to give back,” Maziah Clayton-Hart says.
The Hot Cocoa boys are between 14 and 15 years old, and together with the Tea Girls, they collectively raise funds for the studio.
“We’ve already saved $8,000 for it, and it’s going to be put in a shipping container so people from across the community can come and record whenever they feel like it,” says Clayton-Hart.
In their formative years as entrepreneurs, the trio say they feel like they’ve learned a lot about themselves.
“It boosted my confidence,” Mintos says.
“I already knew I liked giving back…it just makes me feel better. But I’ve learned that I’m not a bad talker either because I don’t normally talk to a lot of people,” says Colley
Their hot chocolate is available at Hope Blooms or www.hopeblooms.ca.
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