Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
ANNA’S FRIENDS is a business/service for WOMEN who travel and/or women who simply want to connect with woman who share similar interests and values.
Our website will be a place where members can chat, follow our blogs covering subjects related to fashion, travel, professional and personal networking, recipes for food from all over the globe, women’s issues, and female friendship. We will keep you current on what’s going on and how best to access and enjoy a new city or country.
We help you make the most of your travels by planning coffees, lunches, and days out with you and an ANNA’S FRIEND who lives locally.
You simply tell us where you’re going and we tell you about the female friends we have who live there. All of my FRIENDS are WOMEN who speak the local language and we match you up with a FRIEND who speaks yours.
Your new FRIEND will answer all your questions, help you discover the joys of a new city, provide you with her contact information for the duration of your stay, and just, well be a friend to you.
A portion of our proceeds for this service are donated to the WOMEN’S charities that ANNA’S FRIENDS support. Having fun, making friends, giving back.
What inspired you to launch your business idea?
I believe that our female friendships have the power to change the world. I am 43 years old and have 2 teenage daughters. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and in that time we have lived in 3 countries and 8 cities. We have packed our bags and moved 11 times. When I’m not busy being a wife and mother I do the other things I love, which include reading almost anything, getting together with friends, persuing my passion for fashion (ie. shopping), napping, dancing, and laughing. Because I have been fortunate enough to travel to and live in many different cities and countries I am often asked by friends who are traveling if I “know anybody” in the city they are planning to visit. Happily, I often do, and this is exactly what I want to do for you. More often than not these friends of mine become friends of each other. I love that.
Now that I have the time and the energy I want to help women who might be my friends but for the poverty, abuse, and oppression they face everyday in the poorest parts of our world. In giving I find happiness. I am hoping you will too.
What problem does your business or organization solve?
As a member of ANNA’S FRIENDS no woman will ever have to experience a new city or country without the benefit of a local female friend. ANNA’S FRIENDS enables women from all over the world and from all walks of life to connect, meet, communicate, and share their life and travel experiences.
ANNA’S FRIENDS is essentially a not for profit business. After covering our cost all proceeds will be donated to the women’s charities AF supports which are Tostan, Fistula Foundation, Polaris Project, and VDay.
What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how are you working to overcome it?
My biggest challenge is my lack of knowledge about business. I have been a wife and mother for 25 years and aside from working at The Gap and as a waitress years ago I have no professional experience. My learning curve has been huge.
Give us one word that people might use to describe you.
How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
I have just joined but I hope Project Eve will be a resource for information and advice about how to run a successful business and how to effectively address women’s issues through entrepreneurship.
Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or startup story.
Make a friend.
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