Co-Founder of Kazmaleje (pronounced Cosmology), LaToya Stirrup is one of 100 women selected by American Express and IFundWomen of Color for its 100 for 100 campaign that supports black female entrepreneurs. All recipients of the grant program will be awarded $25,000 plus 100 days of business mentorship. It is a boost that will undoubtedly catapult her company into further growth.
Forbes interviewed LaToya for an article titled “To Be Successful, Find Your Purpose” where she shared the entrepreneurial journey that has led her to her current success. She discussed her business’ growth and gave advice for other young Black women entrepreneurs, like herself.
LaToya’s story is truly inspirational. When she started her hair tool brand for those with curls along with her two sisters in 2019, there was nothing that was going to stop them. Then 2020 put the entire world on pause, including small, black, female-owned businesses.
LaToya realized that their company was providing an essential product as more black women were embracing their natural curls and not visiting salons. Additionally, the brand became the first and only hair tool company to be certified Plastic Neutral by rePurpose Global during this time. For its loyal followers, this added to the brand’s appeal.
Today, Kazmaleje has taken the hair world by storm with its strong and gentle detangling combs and picks for curly-haired women. The sisters initially founded the company after being unable to find the proper hair tools for their delicate textured hair. Kazmaleje has come to the rescue for those dealing with hair comb breakages and dreaded detangling efforts. Its hair tools are made for curls, work on all hair types, and have become a must-have item for regular hair care.
With this new boost of funding, it’s amazing to see where Kazmaleje is headed in 2021!
Read the Forbes interview here.