We had the good fortune of connecting with Manasa Magona and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Manasa, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Wow I could write a whole book . My main reason and purpose of starting my business , was to inspire others and also a daily reminder that our words our powerful. What we think we become . I wanted to create something that will uplift someone , especially if they were having a not so good day or someone who struggles with negative thoughts. That is why I created tumblers and bottles with daily affirmation words on them, or bracelets with uplight words and also bracelets with bible verses that you can have on daily with you and also makes the perfect gift for your love once. And with that I also created clean , non-toxic, simple skin products made with all organic ingredients and good quality oil for everyday use with an affordable price that anyone can afford especially now. And everything is made by me. I also work in the mental health field , so I am alway inspire , encourage and cheering on others along their journey to recovery and I love doing it. My purpose is to inspire and build up one person at time with each product.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Moinasia which means (Everyone and I ) in my native language Mende (Moinasiashop). I am originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone in West Africa. Moinasiashop is a female own business based in Phoenix, Arizona. On a mission to inspire individual who struggle with negative thoughts through our uplighting messages and daily affirmations products and simple clean, non-toxic, skin care line. I create product to inspire and transform lives. Well what set me apart is simple to say: it’s me I am unique I have my own touch on things. I am most proud when my customers reach out to me saying thank you for the handwritten notes with uplifting message that I send with every purchase and it means the world to me when I get those feedback. It humbles me and keeps me going , because I never thought in a million years that I would have a business and that is all thanks to God for daily strength and guidance. I am here today still going because of my faith in God, not giving up , and also reminding myself daily their is someone out there that needs what I have to offer . It is definitely not easy lol because I have full-time job and in school full-time, it is a daily sacrifice. I overcome the challenges because I focus on my strength and not my weakness. Lessons I have learned are: keep showing up, be organized, do not try to do everything by yourself, give, taking care of myself ( self care :spiritually, mentally and physically), and continue to celebrate others. What I would love the world to know about my brand is that: I am here to inspire and transformed lives with our products.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Definitely Sedona, Prescott, Tempe market place, west gate and will take them to my favorite Ethiopian restaurant Cafe Lalibela Ethiopian cuisine located in Tempe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my friends, family and my customers
Image by Saguaro creations photography