Owner of FashOn, Tasneem Ali and I interviewed for a quick update. Her and I are still working on being comfortable on camera, but we are grateful for DC Community Carrot's lesson about the benefits of getting out of your comfort zone.
Headed by Harry Alford, DC Community Carrot's mission is to break the cycle of poverty by helping entrepreneurial Opportunity Youth create businesses of their own that will last a lifetime. Carrot’s six month program provides the mentors, education, access to capital and many more services needed for entrepreneurs to succeed. After a process, Tasneem decided to make her passion for fashion into a for-profit.
Tasneem Ali is owner and operator of FashOn. FashOn turns lightly used garments into fashionable wear. She uses screen printing, water based paints and sowing in her business. FashOn reinvests into the community. This is accomplished by donating money for professional attire and to youth in poverty. It is a great cause and a great business model.
In addition to learning, networking and building her brand she is actively learning about stock trading. “To make big money, you have to learn about money”, is her thinking. Other tools she is working on perfecting are: curating a YouTube following, coding and dealing with the challenges of a young adult transitioning into the realm of responsibilities.
In the vision stages of creating FashOn, Tasneem partnered with Charlie Pender to form the company. Charlie Pender is another cohort and President of the company. The social media business page is FASHONEntrepreneur. The brand is still being built and she would love more eye ball on her page. Currently, she is generating income to sustain and expand day to day operations by teaching sowing classes at a local community center. She has partnered with other cohorts to help teach classes in the past.
Tasneem spoke on one of the many memorable changes curated at DC Community Carrot. Stepping out of her comfort zone and interacting more sociably was that memorable takeaway. Her soft skill certainly became sharper, as a result of our program. She has an infectious smile that goes well with her great thinking. When asked what can be an area of improvement for Carrot, she would like to see more social connections. Tasneem enjoyed and was pleased with everyone that she meet, however.
DC Community Carrot's services are open to all of our past participants. The entrepreneur journey is not overnight. "Without commitment you will never start and without consistency you will never finish." - Denzel Washington. Like Tasneem, our first cohort was given this wisdom and have found success in their own right.
There are so many ways you can get involved in our program. Whether you're a donator, volunteer, aspiring entrepreneur or entrepreneur ready to inspire, you can join our effort in supporting Opportunity Youth. Learn more on how you can contribute by clicking here. For inquiries, please email email@example.com.