Startup Stories: Health 2 Humanity

What does Health 2 Humanity do? Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.

H2H stands as a pillar of hope to offer more than another hand out, but a hand up. Our non-profit arm, H2H Global, travels to destitute regions around the world to offer individuals the chance to learn the principles of entrepreneurship, start their own business, and provide hygiene products for their communities. In the US, we manufacture our own soap bars in Northern California and sell them in boutiques and spas to offer people high quality, natural products as an alternative to the chemical rich products currently saturating the market that simply feed back in to big corporate pockets.

What inspired you to launch Health 2 Humanity?

I met founder, John Cefalu, my freshman year in college when I was looking to apply my business degree as I was earning it, rather than wait four years until I could start to make a difference. He told me about his high school mission trip to Kenya, the first H2H location that had been set up in Kenya just four months before, and the potential he saw behind H2H to grow into something much bigger. I've always had a passion for people and applying knowledge towards sustainable solutions, so I jumped on board and started a club at Chapman which at that point was serving as the non-profit arm. Over the past three years, we have been able to open 12 more locations in two other countries, employ 31 more people and partner with some unbelievable organizations – my goals have only grown, for where I envision this company going.

What problem does Health 2 Humanity solve?

H2H seeks not to reinvent the wheel, but to utilize the current resources on hand to solve some of the major issues plaguing the world today. We do this through transforming the mindless consumerism penetrating America in the purchases of daily consumer goods into a solution for people suffering from lacking employment opportunities and hygienic destitution. Through coupling the power of everyday purchases with a mission to offer sustainable opportunities for those in need, we empower the world to grow together rather than on top of each other.

What has been your biggest challenge starting Health 2 Humanity and how are you working to overcome it?

Sometimes, being a young woman, it can feel as though people don't take me seriously or respect my position as an executive. This can make taking initiative in business settings and speaking in front of large groups very intimidating. However, my biggest resource to overcome this is the continual support of my friends and family, and looking to all of our international entrepreneurs who have overcome seemingly impossible life circumstances all due to their own passion and drive. This reminds me that we are all in control of our own destinies and have the power to achieve whatever goals we set in front of ourselves.

Give us one word that people might use to describe you.

Determined.

What milestone do you hope Health 2 Humanity will have surpassed one year from now?

Right now, one of our biggest speed bumps is the sheer manpower behind the organization. We get approached with amazing opportunities every single day, but there's only so many hours and minimal sleep and unlimited coffee only go so far. This time next year, my goal is to have at least 10 more team members working with us full time to begin segmenting out the work and take our impact ability to the next level. Oh, and to have a Keurig in the office, of course.

How has Project Eve helped you and orHealth 2 Humanity?

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Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or the startup story for Health 2 Humanity

Don't underestimate the long term effects of international business! Time zones are REAL and if you want to commit to doing business overseas, you have to be willing to schedule your entire day around when you'll be able to reach your partners and take into consideration when their deadlines are versus your own.

The 411 on Health 2 Humanity:

Company Name: Health 2 Humanity
Website: http://h2hglobal.org/
Health 2 Humanity was founded in:
2014
Health 2 Humanity is located in:
South Lake Tahoe, California
Follow Health 2 Humanity on social media here:
@Health2Humanity
https://www.facebook.com/Health2Humanity/?fref=ts
Instagram: @health2humanity

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