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


OCTOBER 12, 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:

Obia Ewah

OBIA Naturals is focused on producing vegan, pH balanced, non-toxic hair and body care products that offer a natural alternative to conscientious consumers. Their herbal based vegan products do not contain: mineral oil, sulfates, petroleum, alcohol, silicones, honey, beeswax, goat’s milk or any animal protein. 

Wendy Berry & Eugenia Marshall
Founder of conditionHER

conditionHER helps women who struggle with feminine odor get pH balanced while clearing ingrown hair issues and minimizing chafing and skin irritation after waxing, lasering, sugaring or shaving.

Carla Halls

The Cactus Beauty Bar creates natural products to fulfill self-care needs such as massages, facials, herbal teas, & hydro colonics.

Onamma Okoye
Founder of St. Eden

St. Eden fills a critical void in the marketplace, by taking away the guesswork for consumers seeking non-toxic beauty products. Women who often review multiple sources to discern which brands are really safe, can now have a one stop shop that they trust for clean beauty.

TiaMarie Arnold

SoulSister: Sisters Supporting Sisters, Inc. aims to bring self-love, soul healing, and confidence to young girls, women, and families. The mission is to raise self-awareness, cultivate, and facilitate a culture of restoration and rehabilitation to the soul of women who have suffered extremely hard challenges with their self-esteem and in life and who desire a strong and supportive group of supportive sisters. 

Patrice Cameau
Founder of CAMPspace

CAMPspace is a hub for women content creators who are using their digital voice to change the world and inspire the masses.

Tracie Dean Ponder
Founder of B-Stem Project

B-Stem Project provides free business and tech education programming across all industries and job sectors for youth and young adults particularly girls, those of color and living in underserved communities

Chekesha Van Putten
Founder of Castango

Castango is an on-demand job marketplace connecting actors, models, influencers and talent with companies hiring nationwide.

Sharon Kim
Founder of CanPlan

CanPlan is a one-of-a-kind planner made specifically for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Mijha Godfrey
Founder of Jambo

Jambo is a book subscription service for children aged 0 – 13 where all the books feature lead characters who are children of color.

Essence Hayes
Founder of Coloring Pins

Coloring Pins produces nostalgic and culturally relevant merchandise. 

Nicole Finger Woodward
Founder of Fingers In Ink

Fingers In Ink is a trendsetting invitation and stationery boutique that pushes the envelope, in designing custom invitations for all of life’s special occasions!

Kimberly Smith
Founder of Marjani

Marjani is a beauty and cosmetics company made for women of color. They are building a community with those who share passion and respect for the wide spectrum of beauty amongst brown girls.

Leah Todd
Founder of Feast in a basket

Feast In A Basket provides food for corporate functions and social gatherings. 

Nicole Cramer

HomeBaked Holidays is a from-scratch baking company where products are created with the warmth of the hand and the heart and 10% of all revenue goes directly to charitable organizations that grandma would have supported during her lifetime.

Jennifer Peets & Natasha Byrd-Gaylon
Founder of Naked Bar Soap Co.

Naked Bar Soap Co. creates natural bath and body products with ingredients you recognize and can pronounce. 

Pashon Murray
Founder of Detroit Dirt

Detroit Dirt is a closed loop model that focuses on waste diversion that drives forward the low carbon economy. The goal is to get restaurants, corporations and municipalities to eliminate trips to the landfills and process waste to resources by creating a market for fertilizers and compost

Lindsay Austin
Founder of Tape Play

Through the use of our innovative marketing methods and network of over 800 content creators nationwide, TapePlay offers video marketing for small businesses, sports and events.

Karen Roberts
Founder of Hautebutch

Hautebutch is a queer-owned androgynous clothing company poised to create momentum from this funding by expanding our product line and demonstrating a dignified customer experience.

Melissa Hunter
Founder of Sugarcane Magazine

Sugarcane Magazine is a digital and print media company focused on the intersection Black art and culture. As a black owned media company, we make sure Black stories are told by Black people.

Charlene Dunbar
Founder of suakoko betty

Suakoko Betty is a clothing company that helps women to express their identity and style by creating modern, African-inspired clothing. 

Jamela Acheampong
Founder of Kahmune

Kahmune is a luxury marketplace for skin tone footwear and fashion. We design all of our products in 10 skin-tone hues in order to provide all women with a true nude option.

Kweighbaye Kotee


The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is an MWBE certified independent film, media, and event production company in New York, awarded by the city for contributing to Brooklyn's cultural and economic growth.

Tanera George & Adrienne Harris
Founder of Book'd

Book’d is a high-end stationery & lifestyle brand for Black women that is super stylish and uniquely quirky. Our brand is located at the intersection between productivity and culture, faith, and entrepreneurship.

Rahel Tekola & Niara Valerio
Founder of Learnabi

Learnabi is a personalized learning app that gives students who've fallen behind in school the opportunity to review missed content and material in a fun way. The app differs from other learning platforms in that 1) it is easily accessed through your phone and 2) it is not designed to teach you new content but rather, it focuses on-baseline skills in Algebra and Reading that are required to learn more advanced material.

Taylor Baldwin
Founder of Mama Photog

Mama Photog is a traveling lifestyle photography studio. We create visual stories where the stars are black women.

Iguehi James
Founder of Love Iguehi

Love Iguehi is an Oakland-based fashion brand that sews/sows love into the world by creating clothing and apparel that connects you back to life.

Mya Cato
Founder of Meeyogi

Meeyogi is a wellness company with an intention to help people heal and evolve through movement, mindfulness, meditation and music.

Nicole Provillon
Founder of Kurly Kurtosh

Kurly Kurtosh is a boutique dessert caterer specializing in authentic Hungarian chimney cakes, a typical street food from Hungary. They use the purest international ingredients with authentic old world craftsmanship.

Melissa Mueller-Douglas
Founder of MYRetreat

MYRetreat is the 90 minute women’s retreat where where mindfulness and gratitude meet. The mission to reach 1 million women with self-care practices because we believe self-care is a necessity and with chocolate mindfulness it’s luxurious.

Lyndsey Brantley
Founder of Camellia Alise

Camellia Alise is a minority & woman-owned, specialized, skincare, training and wellness company, focused on providing comprehensive