Friday, 11 October 2013

Isossy Children meets Kweyol4Kids

Isossy Children prides itself on celebrating global living for global kids and so when we discovered this great  on-line store specialising in books and teaching aids for children, in Dominican and St. Lucian "Kweyol 4 Kids", which promotes learning Kwéyòl, a Caribbean dialect.

Founder - Trina
What inspired you to start your business?
My inspiration was kind of two fold. A friend’s mum, who is from St. Lucia, asked if I could speak Kwéyòl knowing I was of Dominican parentage. When I said no, she couldn’t understand why and neither could I to be honest. All my friends who were from a background other than English could speak the languages their parents spoke at home, I should have been able to also. That is what inspired me to learn. In trying to teach myself the language, I noticed that books or any other kind of teaching aid were practically non-existent. That is what inspired me to put together the books and posters. My story is quite a common one, a lot of my friends and family who were born outside of the islands were never taught Kwéyòl. 

What have been your favourite client experiences?
I know it sounds cliché, but I honestly love every experience I have ever had with a client. These books have been so well received and to know I did this all by myself, from scratch... every time I sell a book, or books wholesale, or whenever someone says, ‘this is so long overdue/needed’ or ‘this is such a good idea’ I feel so proud and also glad I’ve done something of service.  

What advice would you give to someone starting up in your industry?
I’m still starting up myself! ...and learning every day, so I’m not sure I am in a position to give any advice. What I would say is, if I can do it anyone can. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you can’t. That goes for life in general.

What are your long term goals?
I would love to see my products more readily available in shops worldwide with children (and adults) actually learning from the products I have put together.

Isossy Children celebrates diversity through global clothing for children. Why do you think diversity matters for every generation?
Diversity matters for every generation, because diversity means something different to every generation. Either way, it is to be celebrated. Culture is to be embraced. It is very important for children to learn about where they come from and to be able to learn about other cultures also.

What words of wisdom do you think every child should grow up knowing?
1.       Knowledge is power
2.       Education is key
3.       You can be anything you want to be (if you work hard, so work hard)
4.       You are beautiful!

Contact Details
Twitter: @kweyol4kids
Email: info@kweyol4kids


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