What has been your greatest trial since you have been here?
“One time, my apartment got burnt and my son and I were placed into a shelter in the city [Manhattan]. No visitors were allowed and so every morning I had to take my son to Brooklyn to his sitter and go back to the city to work. After work, I had to head to Brooklyn to get my son and back to the city.”
How did get your into coconut oil business?
“Sometime last year I decided to buy 4 coconuts to make oil. I got quite a bit and gave some to a friend and she suggested that I should make it for sale. So, I decided to give it a try. I have no regrets on that decision. It’s a lot of work but, I’m a Caribbean girl and a strong Saint Lucian woman. I am now up to 200 coconuts a week!”
Any regrets about your move here?
None at all. It’s challenging. I’m a single mother having 2 jobs being a nanny and making my oil. I also ran a Facebook group for nannies where I post jobs for the members. The struggle has been real but without struggles what would life be ?