There is no slowing down for retired school teacher Miriam Samuel, an active octogenarian, who embraced entrepreneurship more than 25 years ago when she opened her own bakery. She has become a role model for many in her community and after several pursuits as a “Seniorpreneur,” she recently launched her latest venture, the A & B Memory Box as a way to turn her passion into profits. This line of branded agri-products offers a sense of nostalgia, featuring some familiar flavors and aromas of Antigua and Barbuda.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 A & B Memory Box was launched to commemorate Antigua and Barbuda’s 40th Anniversary of Independence and features over 40 locally made products, packaged in 5 main categories:
✔️𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗕𝗼𝘅 (choose 4 flavors from 20 options)
✔️ 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗕𝗼𝘅 (seasonings, curry, dried herbs)
✔️ 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗕𝗼𝘅 (a range of A & B sweet treats, jams and jellies)
✔️ 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗲𝗮 𝗕𝗼𝘅 (a range of local teas)
✔️ 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗕𝗼𝘅 (a collection of handcrafted soaps and essential oils)
There is also a line of vegan flour and breads using potato, cassava and plantain. Most of the produce used in the product line is grown in her own backyard or sourced from friends when their fruit trees are “in season”. This vibrant cottage industry showcases Antiguan and Barbudan products to the world, while creating an opportunity for locals abroad to transport a taste of home. Samuel is currently working on an e-commerce site to fulfill the needs of customers both local and overseas. She is located in Cassada Gardens and can be reached at Tel: 268-461-1865/786-1865.
This active great grandmother was recently featured on Likkle Byte Ideas, a weekly show that is live-streamed on Facebook. This initiative is organized by SamuelFields Consulting Group (SFCG), a financial services and eLearning consultancy that is headed by Samuel’s daughter, Megan Samuel-Fields. Throughout the month of November, which is celebrated as Inspirational Role Models Month, every Thursday, the show will celebrate a role model in the community who has turned his or her passion into a business.
“Everyone has a role model and at some point in our lives we have all consciously looked to another person for inspiration and guidance,” said Megan Samuel-Fields, CEO of SamuelFields Consulting. “I have always looked to my mother, who is passionate about everything she does. With so many people trying to start a business, my mother has demonstrated that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Once you have the focus and determination, you are likely to succeed.”
When asked about her own role models, Miriam Samuel mentioned two of her teachers, Dame Gwendolyn Tonge and Irene B. Williams. Other role models that will be highlighted on Likkle Byte Ideas as part of Inspirational Role Models Month include: Ms. Heather Doram, designer of Antigua and Barbuda’s National Dress, Sir Richie Richardson, former West Indies Cricket Captain and Mr. Barry “Scorpion” Edwards, Calypsonian and Proprietor of Beach Limerz Restaurant & Bar.
Listen to the full interview on Likkle Byte Ideas: https://youtu.be/CBJ2HEoqvr0