There are millions of kids in the world who are currently in foster care. As per research, over 400,000 kids are surviving in the foster care system in America alone. It is a terrible fact that most of these kids move, on average, 15 times before exiting the foster system. Hoping to make their travel more accessible, entrepreneur Courtney Acuña strives to help foster kids take their belongings in free yet fashionable bags.
For Courtney, success has always been a two-way street. If you do someone good, you’ll get good in return. Her dad made sure to teach her some essential values of life, including hard work, consistency, and integrity. That’s why she has always believed in sowing and reaping. According to Courtney, if someone wants help, they must also help those around them. She firmly believes that every good thing you do for others will always return to you in much bigger and better ways.
What Courtney saw on Instagram broke her heart; she saw foster kids having to use trash bags or bags belonging to another foster family member to carry their belongings while traveling from one home to another. Therefore, she decided to do something instantly. She came up with a brilliant idea and started the company, This Belongs To___, which is based on a 1:1 model to provide foster kids with free bags.
This Belongs To___ is an online enterprise that sells high-end travel pieces, including luxe leather weekenders and minimalistic clothing pieces. The purpose behind this business is simple yet extremely noble: for every luxe bag sold on the website, a large duffle bag is donated to a child in foster care. This way, foster kids get to have a bag of their own, and they can even personalize the bags with their names through the patch provided.
With this business, Courtney was successfully able to give back to the children in foster care through free bags. She owes this success to her consistency and perseverance throughout difficult situations like the COVID-19 pandemic and the incubation period.
Courtney’s business is based on pure goodwill. She aims to eliminate the issue of kids moving from one home to another in trash bags. Apart from this, Courtney Acuña is the proud owner of two other successful businesses. Check out her work that will leave you surprised here.