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Friday, March 18, 2011

Blind entrepreneur builds business for the blind

An 18 year old was born blind but she has her sights set on a bright future.

Bronwen Tagoe never developed eyeballs but she didn't let that hold her back. Instead she grew into a pianist, artist and an entrepreneur. She helped her mother, Deb, start the business Braille-a-wear in 2006.

Deb says, "The kids were wearing daddy's princess or Gap slogan shirts. And I said we have to come up with a shirt you could read."

Braille-a-wear sells t-shirts, hats, bags, jewelry and more. Each has a slogan in print and Braille so everyone can read them.

"Right now I work out of my garage, my home, my computer, conferences - we even go to the streets if we have to," Deb adds.  "People say I like your shirt, we've got one in the car!"

In addition to the family business, Bronwen also focuses on playing the piano and her art. She learned every song from Bach to Beethoven by listening. She spends time on her art by taking lessons in 3-D sculptures and canvas.

"I can build texture in some of my paintings," Bronwen says.

And in the meantime, Bronwen along with her supportive mom, are building a mini-empire.

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