By: Cecile Anthony-Bryan
Deh Abroad is a nonprofit social platform created by Dominic Christopher and dedicated to the Caribbean diaspora, with a mission to create a network for wealth and cultural awareness. As a membership driven organization, we are united in our commitment to be the premiere information portal of the Caribbean diaspora for business services, cultural events, healthcare needs, and educational insights. Our vision is to improve and sustain the quality of life for those who live, work, and play abroad.
Deh Abroad will provide exclusive discounts and offers, networking, educational opportunities, and also the capacity for members to connect socially through games and/or message boards. The organization will go through three major cycles of growth, based on volume of merchants and members, with the areas of risk keenly monitored and addressed by the executive leadership team.
With the high demand of networking in the new age, influential aspects are in dire need to be implemented within the community. We at Deh Abroad give an edge within technology, business networking, marketing and much more to capitalize on our platform, which will deliver amenities to the Caribbean diaspora.
Deh Abroad Youth Internship Program
- Internship placement with Deh Abroad merchants based on students’ majors in college.
- Job interview workshops, including resume writing.
- Stipend for students participating in the program.
- Job recommendations
HMM: What was life growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?
DC: I was born in the West Indies, on the beautiful island of Jamaica and later came to the States. Life for me was great. My family wasn’t rich, but we have always supported each other. I grew up in an extended household. I am who I am today, because of my grandparents. We were able to provide and let others feel comfortable on not a lot.
HMM: Were you a dreamer growing up? What kind of dreams did you have?
DC: Yes, I was a dreamer growing and these traits still exists. As I kid in Jamaica, I grew up near an airport and I have always dreamt about taking off to unknown places and using my imagination to make it what I want it to be.
HMM: Would you consider yourself a driven person? What makes you a powerhouse? What is the source of your strength?
DC: I have always been a self-driven person. As I grow as an entrepreneur, I always had issues on delegating tasks.
HMM: Tell us about Deh Abroad. How did you get the idea and/or concept for the business?
DC: Deh Abroad was created to be a network for wealth and cultural awareness for the Caribbean diaspora. I realized that New York City is a melting pot of immigrants, yet there are not many commerce and wealth opportunities for people in Caribbean/African American communities.
HMM: What was your mission at the outset?
DC: My mission was to create a network for the community so that others can be aware that professionals do exist in our community and so Deh Abroad will be a platform to provide incentives for supporting the community.
HMM: What type of services does Deh Abroad offer?
- DC: Caribbean Mom & Pop Business Education
- Deh Abroad Youth Internship Program
- Financial, Educational and Networking Events
- Incentives to participating merchants within the Caribbean diaspora.
- Visibility and Promotional Exposure
HMM: What is unique about Deh Abroad?
DC: We are a non-profit organization, currently self-funded by young
professionals whose parents have struggled to give us a better life. We are
dedicated to using our experiences, not only to give back to our communities,
but also to create wealth.
HMM: What made you choose this type of business?
DC: I am an app developer and focused on developing innovative projects.
Our community is a big consumer for technology, and I thought it was best
to create a platform for us.
HMM: What is the source of your strength? What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?
DC: The source of my strength is my family and what keeps me motivated is the receptive feedback I get from the community
HMM: What can we expect from Deh Abroad in the future?
DC: A community bank which Caribbean/African Americans can use our resources as capital to open business, purchase real estates, and build a diverse community without any fear of being rejected.
HMM: If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?
DC: My advice to anyone starting out and/or who has a dream is to: 1) Never give up; 2) The best person to seek advice from is yourself; and 3) Not everyone shares your vision.
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iOS App: https://apple.co/2TazJie