After receiving a record number of applications, Barefoot recently announced the names of five new recipients of the 2021 New Voices + Barefoot #WeStanForHer Grants.

The recipients include Teas With Meaning, Re-Nuble, Base Butter, Sweetkiwi and Sarep + Rose.

The #WeStanForHer campaign celebrates and supports Black women entrepreneurs in order to drive economic equity for the Black community.

The grants, awarded in partnership with New Voices Foundation,  celebrate, recognize and uplift Black women-owned businesses and the unique journeys of their founders.

Each 2021 grant recipient will receive $10,000 to help develop their businesses and support their entrepreneurial spirit. The grantees will also receive business coaching and mentorship from the New Voices Foundation to further their business endeavors. New this year, Barefoot will also amplify the 2021 grantees’ businesses by using its own advertising platforms and resources to bring awareness to these companies and brands.

Meet the Barefoot 2021 #WeStanForHer Grant Recipients

Teas With Meaning
Committed to doing everything in life with meaning, Kamila Mitchell founded Teas With Meaning. As an organic loose leaf and bottled tea blend company based in California, Teas With Meaning looks to bring beneficial properties with each cup.

Founded by Tinia Pina and based in New York, Re-Nuble serves as a leading developer of innovative, plant-based, animal-free agricultural technologies sourced from verified, unrecoverable vegetative waste streams.

Base Butter
She-Neil Johnson-Spence established Base Butter as a Pennsylvania-based skincare company on a quest to redefine the perception of beauty and its impact on our relationship with our skin.

Founded by Ehime Eigbe-Akindele, Maryland-based Sweetkiwi makes the best-tasting, low-calorie, yet nutrient-dense packaged foods that target functional health benefits using real ingredients carefully sourced from local businesses within the community.

Sarep + Rose
Robin Sirleaf founded New York-based Sarep + Rose to create global social impact by merging style and function through everyday fashion and home accessories.

Partnership’s Speakers Committed to Providing Resources

“The #WeStanForHer program is a celebration of the Black community,” said Shannon Armah, Barefoot senior associate brand manager. “To continue to see positive change, Barefoot is committed to recognizing the talents and gifts that stem from resilient Black-women.”

“As a brand that strives to bring people together by creating moments of fun for everyone, directly supporting the efforts of Black women-owned businesses is essential to our mission. We stand to learn a lot from the Black community and, true to our values, Barefoot will always listen to the inspiring voices,” Armah said.

“New Voices Foundation is thrilled to once again join forces with Barefoot to support Black women entrepreneurs on the 2021 #WeStanForHer grants program,” said Richelyna Hall, chief impact officer, New Voices Foundation. “By investing capital, access and expertise through coaching and mentoring in this new group of Black women business owners, we are continuing our mission to create an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem and to have a lasting impact on our economy, and in the communities and families of Black women.”

For more information about the New Voices + Barefoot #WeStanForHer Grant recipients or for more details about #WeStanForHer, visit

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