Who are you? Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Karissa, the founder of Bello Bambino Threads. I have always had a strong connection to Latin American culture, especially Mexican culture. When I was 8 years old, I went to an orphanage in Tijuana with my aunt, and it was a life changing experience for me. Ever since then, I have dedicated my studies and travels to learn Spanish, volunteered in various Baja orphanages, worked abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, and came home to further my education to become a Spanish high school teacher. I am currently a stay-at-home mom, with my almost four year old little girl, and my amazingly supportive and loving husband. I am a mompreneur in every imaginable way!
Can you tell us about Bello Bambino Threads and what inspired you to start it? Is it true that you donate 10% of sales to orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico?
Bello Bambino Threads is a company that hand selects and sells beautiful handmade items from Mexican markets, primarily from Baja, Mexico. Items like handmade dresses for girls, blouses for mamas, unisex ponchos, guayabera shirts for boys, huaraches, dolls, pom poms, and more! I have made deep connections with my vendors in Baja, where most of their products have been primarily handmade by their family members in other parts of Mexico. It’s really special to live near Baja and have access to so many gorgeous handmade items from all of Mexico.
I was inspired to start Bello Bambino Threads after living in Baja for the first year of my daughter’s life. Due to not being in the classroom anymore, I wanted to give back in a different way. So the vision of Bello Bambino Threads was born, and created after that! I decided to donate ten percent of sales to Corazón de Vida, which is a U.S. based non-profit organization that is doing incredible work in ten orphanages in northern Baja. They provide shelter, food, education, and love to orphaned and abandoned children. I collaborated with Corazón de Vida while I was teaching with various educational projects including my students and the children of Corazón de Vida. I feel so grateful that I can still give back to Corazón de Vida, because of what an honorable organization they are. When and if I get back into the classroom, I will for sure provide my students with the opportunity to visit these orphanages, so that they can begin to understand our deep connection with our people south of the man made border.
How did you come up with the name?
I wanted to create a name that I would connect to. I come from a family with strong Italian roots, hence the name is primarily in Italian (bello bambino = beautiful baby)! The name not only connects to my culture, but I also wanted it to be a sweet name that would stick once you hear it. I call it BBT for short. Since most of my products cater to little ones, I think it fits perfectly.
Is there a favorite product?
I absolutely adore all of my products, as I carefully hand select them all! But if I had to choose one product, it would be the fiesta dresses for little girls. Each dress is unique and one of a kind. The embroidery is just stunning, and the quality of these handmade dresses is divine. I love collaborating with other moms and their daughters that model these dresses for me. Every little girl looks so sweet and happy in our fiesta dresses.
Where are your products sold?
Currently, Bello Bambino Thread’s products are sold on Etsy. www.bellobambinothreads.com
You can also join our email list, and receive 10% off of your next purchase! https://mailchi.mp/c6185879b4a3/bellobambinothreads
What is your favorite part about running Bello Bambino Threads?
My favorite part about running Bello Bambino Threads is being able to give back. I am a humanitarian at heart, and I feel that my purpose in life is to help others in need. Every sale that happens, truly makes a difference. Just knowing that every package that I put in the mail, is going to help contribute to the kids of Corazón de Vida- whether it be for a meal, or a notebook and pencils for school, makes me feel that I have a purpose. A purpose that is bigger than even being a mother, wife, friend, sister or a daughter. A purpose that is bigger than life itself.
What is your least favorite part about running Bello Bambino Threads?
I would say that my least favorite part about running Bello Bambino Threads is doing the books! I dislike math (due to having a language centered brain), and it is really challenging for me to sit down and do it. Maybe someday soon I’ll hire an accountant!
How do you spread the word about your company?
Social media! Maily thru Instagram (@bellobambinothreads), also Facebook. I post about our products, Corazón de Vida, Mexico adventures, and special offers. Please check it out and follow BBT!
Do you have any advice for fellow entrepreneurs?
Yes! Just go for it!!!! If you have a vision for a company, make it happen. It doesn’t hurt to try. I started out with only $500 in my pocket! Don’t let money be an obstacle, start out small. If it doesn’t work out in the end, you can always look back on your experience and know that you tried. To me that is priceless, because it will foster positive personal growth which I believe is one of the most valuable accomplishments in life.
Do you have a favorite quote or go to saying?
Yes! Más vale tarde que nunca. Better late than never.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Muchas gracias She’s Fit to Lead for providing me the opportunity to share with you and your readers about Bello Bambino Threads. ❤🌎
Amor y abrazos,
Corazón de Vida website: www.corazondevida.org