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


JULY 8, 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:

An Vu
Founder of ANVU NYC

ANVU NYC provides an easy and affordable way to dress busy professional women in outfits that match their personal style and lifestyle.

Samantha Dong
Founder of ALLY Shoes

ALLY Shoes makes pain-free high heels for professional women, with patent-pending design, inclusive sizing, and sustainable production.

Harleen Bajwa

Basque Boulangerie Cafe started out as a dream and it was realized with hard work, great food & service. Now they need a little help to sustain it!

Almeta Tulloss

Cherokee Moon Mixology is a farm-to-bottle brewing company, creating artisan Apple Cider Vinegars, bold botanical concentrates, and unforgettable flavors for the food and beverage industry. Our brewing practices focus on functional foods as medicine, whole food nutrition, preservation of regional food ways, and restorative sustainable farming.

Karen Wilson
Founder of ChildNEXUS, Inc. is a web platform that provides expert-curated content to parents and teachers around the identification of learning disorders, mental health issues in children and adolescents, intervention and advocacy. It also goes a step further and connects parents and educators with professionals who provide psychological and educational support services.

Tiffany Days
Founder of The Communal Group

The Communal Group is a boutique agency that provides high caliber talent ad event services to the apartment industry.

Marie Smith
Founder of Data 360

Data 360 utilizes a unique data modeling, reporting and messaging solution powered by AI and machine learning to reduce the operations costs of our clients by up to 90%.

Deepti Sharma
Founder of FoodtoEat

FoodtoEat is the largest curated network of women, immigrant and minority owned restaurants and caterers across New York City. This concierge catering service helps hundreds of local restaurants partner with businesses and nonprofits in the city for all of their culinary needs.

Suan Kim
Founder of My Fashion Crate

My Fashion Crate is a monthly subscription box service providing customers with a package of stylish clothing and matching accessories delivered every month.

Angela Richardson
Founder of PUR Home

PUR Home is a natural, non-toxic household cleaners and laundry detergent product line.

Michelle Van Der Water
Founder of Rockin Cushions

Rockin Cushions produces custom, designer fabric slipcovers for IKEA furniture, and recycles their waste material into our travel products, Bootypacks.

Rose Hall
Founder of Tessie’s Teas

Tessie’s Teas offers all natural crystallized teas, ginger rolled in honey and mint infused with raw cane sugar. All our teas have tremendous health benefits.

April Harris-Holmes
Founder of Keeping You Sweet

Keeping You Sweet (KYS) produces delicious all natural baked goods for consumers with special dietary needs.

Marsha Stephanson
Founder of Cater to Mom

Cater to Mom is a monthly postpartum subscription box that focuses on catering to the needs of moms postpartum and beyond.

Marva Babel
Founder of Ode Babel

Ode to Babel is a community space / hospitality industry focusing on creating a safe space for people of color as well as the LGBTQ+ community.

Janiece Mackey

YAASPA is purposed to cultivate youth middle school through college to be civically engaged in community and career with emphases on: academic, career, and civic efficacy; civic engagement; civic literacy, and racial identity development. They provide paid internships, youth councils, a summer Social Sciences and Policy Institute, and courses for middle and high school students.

Lisa Ragan

Safely Delicious® offers a solution for those who are limited in what they can eat due to food allergies, and would like to still enjoy a delicious and safe snack, just like those without food allergies. Safely Delicious® provides a snack option to serve in a social setting that is delicious for all, yet safe for those with food allergies, so that everyone can feel included and welcome.

Lourdes Sanchez

OM Yoga & Wellness Studios offers Yoga & Meditation for all. The need for peace & balance in busy lives. OM Yoga is working with Inner City Innovators to provide coping skills such as meditation, yoga & breathing techniques for ex-gang members.

Paulina Serrato

MANIORPEDI brings the necessary tools and nail technicians to provide quick and easy manicures and pedicures to busy professionals. Keeping their manicures to 20 minutes per person, it allows them to take a quick break where they can relax and take care of themselves.

Queen Precious-Jewel Zabriskie

Indulge Catering, LLC are high end caterers that re introduces people to their palates by creating food that is deceptively healthy and flavorful.

Nicole Kearney
Founder of Sip & Share Wines

Sip & Share Wines is a boutique winery passionate about creating commUnity with wine for wine lovers overlooked and underrepresented by the wine industry.

Jasmine RuKim
Founder of Monicat Data, LLC

"Creativity Deserves a Better Track Record." The Yellow Platform works as a workflow unifier (WFMS) for creatives teams and independent creatives, putting all of your data in one place.