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The Women of 'Double Dees'

By Elaine Houston

A great necklace can make a woman’s dress sing but it’s what’s underneath that dress that’s grabbing the attention of four  twenty-somethings from Kenya. Meet Charity, Constance, Millicent and Stella. They are the owners of Double Dees, a women’s lingerie store in Nairobi, Kenya.


Victoria may have a secret, but these ladies want everyone to know that a good bra gives a woman confidence and for women in Kenya who are beautifully endowed that confidence was lacking because they could not find a bra that fit.   So, necessity as the saying goes became the mother of invention.  The four friends, two in college in Kenya and two in college in the U-S, knew they had to open a store to fill that need. 


Opportunity came knocking when Stella pitched the idea of Double Dee’s Lingerie to the Harvard Women in Business innovations competition in 2014.   “We didn’t emerge the winners but we received great feedback and revised the business plan accordingly, said Stella.’’ In 2015, Stella with a revised business plan, pitched the idea again at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York before members of the New York State Business Plan Regional Competition and Double Dee's won first place. It earned the group 20,000 dollars and 5,000 dollars worth of legal fees.


Stella pitched again to Harvard again that same year and the business plan came in 2nd and won 2,000.  They used the funds to rent a space and opened Double Dee’s Lingerie store in June, 2016.   They are already thinking of the future and of giving Kenyan women the lift they need. “”Our three year plan is to have multiple stores all over the country and in East Africa, says Stella.” They carry sizes 30D to M. 



by Staff


Nearly 800 women responded to our FACEBOOK question of "Why do women love shoes. "  And, in a nutshell  the answer is that we are addicted to shoes! Whether they are flats, six inch, wedges, gladiators, pumps, kitten heels, Dr. Martens, Manolo Blahnik's, we are hooked!


Some of you say you think better, you're sharper in the office when you have on a dynamite pair of pumps. For others it's the match game. You must have shoes that match every outfit and because you have numerous outfits, you gotta have the shoes to match. Still others say cost is it. You hunt for the deals and if there is a shoe on sale, your name is all over it. Still for others, money is no object. You are willing to pay as much as a mortgage payment for a great pair of heels.  Some of you think they attract a man.  And the reasons go on and on and on and on!


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Do it yourself           Visit the salon

By Staff


Don't you just hate it when your nails are chipped and raggedy looking? Our unscientific poll says while many women plunk down money to go to the salon there are many of you who go for the do- it -yourself method.



Abby Stanfield: "I am a fan of natural and simple nails,  which means making some time each week to soak them, file them and maintain them at home. 

Make-up diva, Olivia Mullins says she visits the nail salon only once a year. "I keep my nails short and polish free." Carmen Duncan agrees ''I do not go to the nail salon at the moment, but when I did I went twice per month for a mani and a pedi at 35.00.''

I used to get my nails done but stopped and do my own at home, says Maria Benbow. She goes on to say, "My nails may not look as good, but, I am able to save money." 



   The fruits of their labor!



Taking control of their future!

 The Women of Kisele Village

By Elaine Houston
Women in rural Tanzanian Villages are strong women. They have to be because they are responsible for a lot, including balancing household duties, child rearing, and work, as they are typically the major financial providers for their families. With all of their family obligations, they generally do not have the time or resources to focus on generating income.
That's where the The Village Heart Project comes in. Sponsored by the African Reflections Foundation (ARF) the project recognizes this disparity and aims to promote Women Empowerment to enhance quality of life in rural communities. One of the many villages ARF works closely with is Kisele Village in Mkuranga, Tanzania. Recently, they have encouraged the women in this rural village to form a women's group to promote unity and synergy. They decided on the name "Matokeo" which in Swahili means "results". The name shows the stead-fast mindset of these women and how they are looking forward to seeing change and results within their community. With the help of African Reflections Founder Maryvonne Pool along with volunteer Alexandria Faure, a 10-acre farming project was launched in Kisele. Together, they have set the groundwork to grow turmeric and ginger. Once the plants are harvested, the women will be able to sell their produce. Matokeo has faced obstacles since starting their farming project such as torrential rain however they are not letting that stop them and are still working hard. They are determined to create a more enriching and sustainable life through agriculture and ARF is there to help them every step of the way.


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7:30am -Vendor & Exhibitor setup

8:00 am-Registration/Continental Breakfast of juice, coffee, pastries  

8:15am- Welcome from Elaine Houston. What’s in store for the day.

8:30-Invocation-Minister Diane Nobles

8:40- Carolyn McLaughlin introduces THE POWER OF WOMEN-HIGHER HEIGHTS. A think tank group they will provide the audience with stats on the buying power and political power of women. 




9:10-10:15am    WORKSHOPS 1-2-3-4 (Please choose one)


 'Are YOU Ready? ' Workshops

1....Buy a Home & Pay it off-Speakers/Lisa Joy/ Realtor/ Harriet Webster


2...Learn how to maneuver in the real world after college/Speakers-Carmen Duncan, Mission Accomplished 


3----Social Media for your business, improving your portfolio, or yourself/Simone Arrington


4---Branding Yourself-Up your game and improve what you bring to the table/ Speaker-Elaine Houston


'Yes, 'SHE' Can, Workshops

10:25-11:30 Workshops, 5,6,7,8 (please choose one)



5...How to Advocate for your children in school/,Dr. Rosalind Wallace


6… Become an Activist—Speaker/Jamaica Miles, activist


7…. Write a Book-Speaker/ Shari Quinn, author


8…. Creating Partnerships-How to get a Big time sponsor to like and partner with you on your big project? / Speaker, Nicole Stein/ SEFCU




Money, Money, Money, MONEY!  (Workshops)

11:35-12:30 Workshops, 9, 10, 11, 12 (please choose one)


9…. Want to get out of debt but your nails, extensions, and Jimmy Choos are stealing all your cash?  Speaker/ Angela Tatem/Financial advisor


10...Reinvent Yourself-Fine tune your look-Olivia Mullins makeup artist


11..."WE ARE FAMILY"  In sickness & health-the company that HELPED her in her time of need      Shannon P.    AVON Cosmetics


12. He's ''NOT" the boss of me, I'm the boss of me! (Nicole Chandler-Tantrums Spa Boutique)




12:45-1:45pm  LUNCH/(Roundtable discussion/How she did it) Panelist,

Zainub Amir-Student, UAlbany, Blogger for Taylor Swift, MTV,  Janet Tanguay, Capital Region Chamber, Entrepreneur Boot Camp,  Faith Takes, Mildred Elley



One-Eleven Boutique

Taysha Florist

African Reflections Gifts

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