How She Taught Herself A Trade And Made Millions – During The Pandemic

Graciella Maiolatesi
May 28, 2022

In 2011, Terran and Quinton Lewis interned at a farm where they learned about medicinal plant properties. Terran realized soap making aligned with her plant teachings, and using online research, books, and an $80 kit, she taught herself to make soap – unaware this would be a million-dollar venture!

After honing her craft, business-minded Quinton suggested Terran turn her soaps into a brand. Relying on their community for initial sales, they quit their jobs and launched Herb’N Eden, their line of natural soaps and skincare products. 

In 2019 their store opened! But then COVID hit. 

Soap was in HIGH demand throughout the pandemic, and their staff quickly grew from 3 to 30. Even amongst the chaos, the Lewises remained grounded in their principles – creating natural products and building community. 

When they were backed up for months, instead of stopping production, they communicated care needs to customers. Their community grew, and production rates soared!

By 2020, they’d hit $2.6 million in sales! Part of their success came from investing in content creation to share their story. 

Investors took note, and they recently closed on a $1.2 million developmental investment!

As Herb’N Eden expands, the Lewises remain majority owners, and hope to use their success to invest in other Black-owned businesses.

Their success came from being bold, but especially from incorporating strong community values from day one!

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