Kwame and Kobie Christian, two Caribbean American college students in Ohio, have created an online marketplace for the Caribbean and African Diaspora, at home and abroad.
Online PR News – 24-January-2013 – Columbus, Ohio – Kwame and Kobie Christian, two Caribbean American college students in Ohio, have created an online marketplace for the Caribbean and African Diaspora, at home and abroad. www.MyTropix.com is an interactive website that allows any user to buy and sell goods. The goal is to build community by giving business owners a way to increase sales while creating a platform for individuals to engage in progressive discussion by starting their own blog.
“We decided on the name MyTropix with the hopes that everyone who visits the site would feel a sense of ownership in it” says Kwame Christian, law student at The Ohio State. “You can always find a little bit of yourself represented on MyTropix, and if not, we hope you will add a bit of yourself to it.”
The Christian Brothers started MyTropix to fill a void they felt while growing up disconnected from Caribbean culture and products. When they left home for college, they realized that this cultural disconnect was not unique to them, they made friends in the African Diaspora that felt the same. This motivated them to make MyTropix the place to access Caribbean and African culture and products.
MyTropix advances the community economically and culturally. The informative website keeps the Diaspora updated on news from the Caribbean and Africa. MyTropix is largely based on the African Tradition of Ubuntu, the spirit of collaboration and community. It creates a win-win for buyers and sellers. Small businesses have the opportunity to reach new customers, and buyers have access to hard to find products.
“We are very proud that we were able to build MyTropix as a family.” Kwame Christian, commented. “That’s why we chose to launch in late October. Half of our family is from Dominica and we wanted to be ready by the 34th anniversary of its Independence on November 3rd.”
With the spirit of Ubuntu in mind, The Christian Brothers began to build MyTropix from the ground up. They worked with each other to design a website, create a business plan and recruit initial vendors and bloggers. MyTropix sells in six categories: food, art, books, clothing, beauty supplies and music. Users can also find regular news updates from any of the 80+ featured countries. MyTropix.com was officially launched October 20th 2012 and already hosts over 25 vendors from three different continents and more than 100 products.
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