Today we’d like to introduce you to Maisha Henry.
Hi Maisha, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in the British Virgin Islands and moved to Virginia to attend college back in 2014 at The Virginia State University. I haven’t left since. Growing up, I always enjoyed going shopping with my mom for her store and assisting my father in his construction company. At times I didn’t understand the foundation for what they were teaching me until I became older and decided to finally launch my own business.
Growing up I’ve always had a closet full of shoes with accessories and handbags to match every outfit that I had. I always knew that one day I would own a business similar to the one that I grew up in! After years of continuously creating a business plans and procrastinating I finally got the ball rolling in February 2020. Not knowing that the world would shut down in a few weeks.
I was determined to not push it back again. I launched my first business Les Soeurs Beauty during Covid-19. Les Soeurs focuses on providing unique handbags and accessories for women. Currently, I am in the process of launching my first handbag line in the Fall/Winter of 2022.
I am also the co-owner of DELMAI Enterprises; where my second business DELMAI Skin was created. I’ve always created my own skincare remedies for my family members. I would create homemade skin masks as well as scrubs for my skin to assist in the areas where I would often be uncomfortable. I turned a hobby into something that I am passionate about.
I honestly would not be where I am today without my small village that pours into me. My parents and sister Marsha; and my adopted sister Jhadee. Cousins- LeNaye, Dana & GESEE. Not forgetting my best friend and business partner Richaad. They always support anything that I set out to do. Nothing sounds too crazy to them and they’re always there to lend a listening ear.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I cannot say that it has been a smooth road because nothing in life comes easy. I think the biggest thing that I had to learn on this journey was that nothing happens overnight. You are where you need to be. Always trust the process! I honestly like a challenge and honestly you wake up each day not sure about what challenge life is going to hand you that day.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I think one thing that I admire about myself is my resilience. If I tell you that I am going to do something I definitely do it. No matter how many times I may have to start over.
I love the fact that I made the best out of this life that I am creating for myself in Virginia. The hardest thing that I had to do this far was leave the life that I knew behind and basically start over. Adapt to a different culture, season and environment. That over the years has allowed me to see my strengths and weaknesses.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Personally, I never believed in mentors. However, as I grew I realized that even if we don’t have a mentor you need one or two people in your corner that may be like-minded. I do believe that through networking it can land you in rooms that you haven’t even set foot in.
My greatest advice is to have someone in your corner that sees your vision. That may have the connections to resources that you may not have access to or they may just need a listening ear. Always remember, not everyone can be your mentor or hold your best interests at heart.
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