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You may have seen those commercials on television about how $1 a day can go to feed the starving children in Africa. It makes my country of origin, Kenya, seem as though it is full of nothing but poverty-stricken, ignorant people, just struggling to survive. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I want to change the narrative — to give you a much truer picture of my home country. When I came to America, I certainly experienced culture shock. However, once I assimilated, I was surprised at how many similarities there are between America and Kenya. If I were...

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Every business has a beginning and the "why" is the most important part of any business. Why do you do what you do? Why do you sacrifice rest and a social life in order to grow a business? There are two "whys" in my story. It wasn’t until my grandmother’s passing that I truly realized the positive impact she had on her family and her community. She was a big part of my childhood and challenged me to be the best I can be. Her story taught me that ANYTHING is possible. She grew up in rural Kenya without an...

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Previously:  After our presentation, attendees from two conventions flock to buy our bow ties and I sign my very first autograph.   By the end of the second day of the Summit all that craziness was over, and we had actually made quite a number of sales just within those two days. It was a blessing, and even though we didn’t get an investment right off the bat, God had showed us the way, and He showed us that we just have to continue to work hard and build those sales, and prove ourselves to our potential investor. So it...

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Previously:  We give our presentation, attract a potential investor, and tell the story of Salome Olweya, founder of an important school for disabled kids. As we stepped off the stage I was a little bit heartbroken to not have gotten an investment right away. Our hopes had been so high. But at last we had a nibble, and some solid interest. Finally I got on my way and grabbed our clothing rack and started taking everything back to our rooms upstairs ... then when we got there I just dropped down to my knees and thanked God for the opportunity...

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Previously:  We meet Nate Holzapfel of Mission Belt, who struck a deal with Daymond John. Then mingle and chat with other entrepreneurs who have a dream, like ourselves. Now it’s our turn.Morning dawns. We’re scared and excited. We haul our product displays downstairs ... and at about 10 o’clock or 10:30 ish, we get to go up on stage and present our business. This could be where Ceiphers Clothing takes off.Understand, I can talk about my business all day, every day. But put me in front of a room full of people like that and I get more than a...

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