No. 18 - Archel Bernard on Making an Impact & Being a Humanitarian

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Archel Bernard is the kind of woman you dream of growing up to become. She's passionate, driven, and clearly on a mission to change the world. "I want to make an impact on every level. I want to be known as a humanitarian, more than just a social entrepreneur." No doubt she's on her way, and we were fortunate enough to spend an hour chatting between her home in Monrovia, Liberia, and mine in Charleston, South Carolina. Archel Bernard is owner of The Bombchel Factory and Mango Rags boutique in Monrovia, Liberia. She moved to the West African country after graduating from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She now specializes in dreaming up contemporary African clothing, training disadvantaged women to sew her designs, and empowering the women to become self-sufficient. Archel's mission in life took a significant turn amid the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia. She saw the devastation in a country she loved; a country still struggling to overcome civil war. Archel decided to open a factory to help the people of her ancestral homeland to rebuild. She named it The Bombchel Factory and herself, the Head Bombchel in Charge. Archel has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company, Al Jazeera, Essence, and other major news outlets. She is also a Richard Branson Scholar. Archel's successful Kickstarter campaign almost doubled its goal, laying the foundation for an exciting, fresh, ethical style company. She is a force. A visionary. A fashionista. But more than anything, Archel is a savvy and relentless business woman, determined to use her business to build lives. This is one conversation you don't want to miss. Hit play. Soak it up. Dream a little, because if one thing is certain from Archel's story...we are all capable of having a huge impact during this life on Earth. To connect with Archel visit: And seriously, she's love to hear from you. So reach out!

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