This summer, Miquela ‘25 and her two siblings found a creative and entrepreneurial way to support the Navajo Nation—a community that has been greatly affected by COVID-19. The trio started their own business, called Threads for Unity. Through this business, they sell wearable art and donate the proceeds of each sale to the Navajo Nation. In just about a month, they have been able to raise $2,500. “I am grateful that we were able to raise such a large amount of money in a short time,” expressed Miquela.
Miquela was inspired to start the business after watching the news and seeing how much the Navajo people have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The 8th grader shared, “Raising funds for the Navajo Nation is important because they have been impacted far more than other communities.”
The siblings chose to create wearable art in the form of tie-dyed shirts. “We chose to create this kind of wearable art after experimenting with different types of clothing this summer.” said Miquela. They hope to expand their offering to sell scrunchies, hoodies, and sweatshirts soon.
Miquela and her two siblings do everything from collecting orders on their self-made website, purchasing materials, making the products, packaging, and shipping their orders off. Miquela explained, “My little sister wraps and dyes the shirts. I sew the crop tops and scrunchies. We package them with tissue paper, brand stickers, washing instructions, and a personalised thank you note.” She noted, “ We have shipped all over the country from California to New York, including Virginia, Georgia, Oregon, New Jersey, Minnesota, North Dakota, Kansas, and more.”
After a busy summer, the siblings are trying to slow down production with the start of school. They plan to pick back up during breaks or at the start of next summer.