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Daily Inspiration: Meet Indria and Kennette

Today we’d like to introduce you to Indria and Kennette.

Hi Indria and Kennette, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
So, we used to work in DC at a hotel that housed people that were less fortunate until they placed them in their own homes granted by the government. The company that we worked for was a contract cleaning company. We enjoyed our time there but knew we wanted to work for ourselves.

We took all of the positive and effective ways that the company ran their business as motivation to create our own with a twist of our own foundation.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
We didn’t really have too many struggles. Our main points when starting our business were to take our time, schedule around our original 9 to 5 jobs, as well as find the most effective way to invest in ourselves.

Technically our biggest struggle was working around our 9 to 5 jobs to be sure we made the time we so desperately needed to focus on the business we both created. We also didn’t have the money in order to obtain an LLC, get supplies, and clientele immediately.

We had to work our 9 to 5 jobs in order to invest in our business over time. It definitely didn’t happen overnight. We had so many ideas but had to be patient as we didn’t have money saved up to just go for it!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Well, I’m (Indria) is a nurse assistant who specializes in healthcare since 2015. Currently working at Lorien Encore. For me, (Kennette) been a cook and works at Morgan State University since 2017 and is also a single parent to her 6-year-old son, Kye’lel whom Indria is the godmother. We both have similar backgrounds growing up. Kennette grew up in the foster care system from the ages of 2-21. Indria on the other hand grew up with family but not in a stable home.

My (Indria) first few years growing up were spent with my mom. From there, my dad received custody of me and my oldest sister. Years later, we then moved with my mom’s twin sister. Living in Baltimore to PG County to Pennsylvania and back to Baltimore, my life was nowhere near stable. For me (Kennette) I am one of three siblings on my mom’s side of the family. I started out living with my parents but I was briefly with my grandmother for a short period of time before going to my aunt’s care then back to my grandmother.

In 1996, I was entered into the foster system. We are both proud to have come from where we came from to be able to put our minds on the goal of starting a business and actually pulling it off from the ground up. No handouts! Also, because we came from less fortunate homes and or situations, we will be holding our first give-back event right before Thanksgiving this year and plan to hold one at least twice a year moving forward.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk-taking?
We definitely took a risk. We were both struggling financially. The year that Covid-19 came about we were in between jobs all while trying to stay safe. We had an idea to come up with a business that we enjoyed doing as well as being able to work for ourselves. With that being said, how do we start a business when we’re both financially strapped.

We took a leap of faith one day by taking our last few dollars before our next payday so that we could obtain an LLC for TWINKLE TIME DIAMOND SHINE CLEANING SERVICES. We didn’t know if this business would do as well as we wanted it to but we still put in our last dimes in order to TRY!

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