Creighton University Contacts
(College of Business Administration)
(402) 280-3694 (Tina Gray)
(402) 280-3792 (Julie Kalkowski)
She hasn't had a home for over a year now, but thanks to the United Way, things are looking up.
She's been trying to get her business off the ground for several years, and after taking a business class through the United Way for single mothers, her dreams are coming true.
Aisha Okudi, although homeless, is the owner of Sha Luminous, her own line of her own line of shea butter skin and hair products.
Her items have recently reached mass production, but it's been a long difficult road.
“It was very frustrating, especially when you don't always have a lot of moral support and you're running to different people to figure out 'How can I get something like this to expand, or to get started,'” Okudi says.
Her products are reaching more and more shelves in the metro area.
This is happening after taking a 10-week financial success program through the United Way.
Okudi got a crash course in budgeting and reaching goals.
After 10 weeks, Juanita Wilson, her followup coach, helped Okudi stay on track.
“She still stayed focused on the goals that she wanted to do. Where she is now, is what she wanted to do, to mass produce her product,” says Wilson.
With more help, Okudi was introduced to Chad Kampschneider of EcoScents in Omaha.
The company already manufactures soy candles, but found that Okudi's Sha Luminous line was a perfect fit in the production.
“It's been a phenomenal experience,” says Kampschneider.
Okudi is still moving forward, but she says this has been an experience, thanks to the United Way, that she'd recommend to any single mother.
"I don't know where I'd be standing today, you know?" she says.
Okudi's shea butter products can be found in 16 Hy-Vee stories right now, along with Whole Foods, No Name Nutrition, and Jane's Health Market in Benson.
If you or someone you know is interested in signing up for the program, call the United Way at 402-522-7963.