I became aware of FII during an informative visit to a group that I frequent called Determination, held at United Roots. We learned about FII’s mission to empower low-come families through communal investment and providing opportunities for collaboration. Being part of a community of progressive thinkers like Determination and other organizations within United Roots, our group entered into FII already with a unified vision of entrepreneurism. We named our collective 8 Feet Tall Promotions, a business focused on empowering local organizations through quality promotional services. There is currently a need for community to recognize its own assets and provide its own life sustaining network so that centralized monopolies have a limited existence, if at all present.
Since the start of our experience in FII, 8 Feet Tall has learned to improve our communication between each other. This improvement can be noted by our decision to create roles of duty which increases efficiency and accountability. As a group we’ve utilized a few resources like the no interest loan, Berta miller Scholarship, and health match.
Although we entered FII as a business, we didn’t necessarily use the resources towards our business goals. Our company grew by being influenced by the amount of communication FII required. Their system was one of benefit to us. Although FII required one monthly meeting we decided to meet weekly in order to stay on top of our responsibilities.
There were some successes 8 feet tall was able to experience during our time:
- Two day Ifa Festival
- Afro Art Party
- Consistent contracts