Nationwide -- The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to Black communities across the country, and the salons and barbershops at the center of these communities are suffering in unprecedented ways. Black hair salons and barbershops are the backbone of Black entrepreneurship in our communities. With mandatory salon closures across the country, these small businesses have lost all means of income. Financial support for them at this time is critical.
In order to help the stylist community stay afloat during these difficult times, Mayvenn, a Black-owned supplier and distributor of high quality beauty products, has launched their #SaveTheSalon campaign to raise money to provide $500 for stylists across the country via their GoFundMe page. Every $1M will help 2,000 stylists in need. Mayvenn's #SaveTheSalon campaign plans to raise at least $2M to provide $500 for 4,000 of their stylists.
"We recognize the overall cracks in our economic systems often put Black stylists into vulnerable positions, with or without COVID-19. Mayvenn is exploring not only how to support stylists in this difficult moment, but to be a better partner in the long term," says Diishan Imira, CEO and Founder of Mayvenn.
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In support of this goal, Mayvenn has garnered backing from Ben and Felicia Horowitz, Jack Dorsey's #startsmall (the chief executive of Twitter and Square), Libra/the Pritzker Family, and The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Under the backing of these donors, for every ONE dollar raised by the community, TEN dollars is received up to $1M.
"Helping stylists is at the core of who we are and what our mission has been since day one. I take it as a personal responsibility to do what I can for the stylist community during this crisis," says Imira. Mayvenn itself has committed to donating $100,000 for relief. Says Diishan, "This money is coming to them at a critical moment, and we’re asking for the support of the community to raise the rest so we can continue to provide this much-needed assistance."
Mayvenn is a technology company that was created to empower hairstylists in the African American community. Using technology, Mayvenn helps to boost stylists' incomes by connecting them with new clients and helping them sell products. Mayvenn has paid out over $20M in commissions and booking income to stylists over the past 5 years.
How YOU Can Help:
* Any amount helps. Please give what you can at GoFundMe.com/SaveTheSalon and share this online with the hashtag #SaveTheSalon.
* Post your favorite selfie after your stylist made you feel beautiful and show them how much they mean to you. Tag us using the hashtag #SaveTheSalon. This will help us spread the message further.
“These are difficult times for all of us. But in difficult times, we find opportunities to come together, support each other, and make it through” says Imira. Adding, "Hairstylists make us look and feel good so that we can tackle the world with confidence - now, it's our turn to give them that same energy."
Join us in uplifting the cornerstones of our community. Donate below and share using hashtag #SaveTheSalon.
Learn more and/or make a donation at GoFundMe.com/SaveTheSalon
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