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Shopping for Black-owned businesses can be tricky; most are found on big-corporation websites like Amazon, making it difficult for a consumer to support a small business directly. Luckily, supporting Black-owned businesses just got a lot easier. 

Meet Miiriya

Miiriya [me-ree-ya], a Black-owned app, uses convenience and commerce to make a one-stop shopping experience. They house Black-owned products like home decor, art, clothing, and hair products. The word Miiriya is a Bambara/Dioula word meaning “thoughts” and “ideas.” So, it’s no surprise that owner Lamine Loco’s goal is to create the ideal space for Black businesses and creators. 

Interestingly enough, Miiriya is actually a one-person operation. In their “About Us” section, Loco explains that not only is he the creator of Miiriya, but he’s also the manager of all Miiriya social media platforms. Internships and volunteer positions, anyone? 

In January 2022, the company launched a Mutual Aid section, which donates up to $900 to individuals struggling with food security, bills, and other discretionary needs. Eventually, Loco plans to create community fridges and fund healthcare and education. Additionally, there are no fees for vendors and he pays their fees out of pocket. 

It’s phenomenal that Loco is helping out the community, but what can we do it help him and his business?

  • Tip when shopping on Miiriya
  • Sign up for their Patreon, where you pay $1/month to help pay for the app’s servers and monthly costs.
  • Donate to Miiriya’s PayPal and Cashapp
  • Follow their social media for updates, news, and other information about Miiriya
  • Support them by telling your friends and family.

“I’d like us to reach a point where we’d fund ourselves so we don’t have to rely and beg outside sources that continuously give us crumbs over the span of decades. I want to prove that doing socialistic practices and working together as a community can work. Please let someone know this app exists.” 

Owner Lamine Loco

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