May 12, 2020
Despite being only 11 years old, Mia Isabella knows that the coronavirus has disrupted the encounters between loved ones and the warm hugs that occur in family gatherings such as Mother's Day. With this in mind, the young Aiboniteña ventured to design some cards to remedy that shortage of hugs and, at the same time, honor maternal figures.
Mia, who also participates in the SEEDS entrepreneurship program of the Friends for Puerto Rico organization, created these cards as part of her 'Toques de Amor' business project.
"This is my personal company called Toques de Amor. They are handmade cards in lettering, that is an art of drawing letters on cards," said Mia, who participates in the SEEDS program at her Montesorri school in Aibonito.
The card created by Mia reads as follows: "I am so lucky that my mother's heart belongs to me. Mothers are kisses that angels send us." The card will be accompanied by a bag of Café Ama and will serve to raise funds for SEEDS entrepreneurship programs.
Given the pandemic that overwhelms the country, Mia expressed concern about the number of people infected and those who may be at risk of dying from the coronavirus. However, she mentioned that this period has provided her with many lessons beyond those she learns in the school classroom.
"I have learned that apart from everything that is happening, it is important to see your loved ones and it is important to give them a hug and a kiss from time to time. Since we are locked up and we cannot go out as much, it is difficult," said the young entrepreneur who will continue to develop her small card business.
Mia also added that as part of the SEEDS program, students learn what it is to form a company, entrepreneurship, leadership and sales.
The SEEDS program, which is also based on entrepreneurship of agro-industries such as coffee, is located in Vieques, Toa Baja, Aibonito, Barranquitas and Guaynabo.
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