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  • Karen Tappin started producing her line of natural hair care and skin products in her kitchen while working as a high school history teacher; today, her products, Karen's Body Beautiful are sold nationwide in Target.

    Tappin's parents are from Guyana, she got a head start on other entrepreneurs when her mother asked her to start her own home health aid agency when Tappin was 15 years old. She did all of the research, footwork and paperwork while her mom was at work. The experience gave her the confidence to start her own business in college (preparing care packages) and later Karen's Body Beautiful. "At the time I didn't think much of it, but I realize now that she (Tappin's mother) just sort of expected me to be great," said Tappin.

    "I produced this story as part of "I dreamed I could" a project created by Feet in 2 Worlds about immigrant business owners and the American Dream."
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