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In this episode of Ms. Sisi The Real InfoPreneur, Ms. Sisi speaks with Alexis Williams, the founder of a clothing boutique in Gulfport, MS. One of the things that have come to light in the United States is a shortage of many things, critical things and the US government seems hesitant to use executive power to force companies to produce critical items. However, some private businesses have been stepping up to meet those needs if they have the capacity to produce certain items. One item that may not seem critical is and that is a facial covering if one if working or expects to be around other people in a public area like a grocery store. The general public is getting by with DIY masks but Alexis has begun producing facial masks with African prints. Listen as Alexis Williams describes her motivation to go with her means to produce a critical item in demand with short supply.
The face masks are not N95 certified, but they are big enough to wear over the top of an N95 mask. This helps with keeping your hands off your face, which is one of the primary ways in which the virus spreads.
For every face mask sold, Williams is donating a free one to local health care workers.
“My masks are 100% cotton, reversible, reusable and machine washable,” says Williams, whose boutique specializes in African-print and Hawaiian-inspired clothing. “My masks are not meant to replace surgical masks, but it is a contingency plan for those who don’t have the ability to get surgical masks because of the shortage. It is not medically rated, but it is good enough to filter out hazardous particles and bad smells. The response to it has been overwhelming and we want to do anything we can to help out.”
Williams says when she began selling the masks through her website and on social media last week in hopes that it would help others, the response was tremendous. Soon, she said, members of the healthcare community began reaching out to order masks as well. For more details and/or to make a purchase, visit www.alohaglamour.shop and all questions and inquiries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org