Khristy Hill and her partner, Ivan Rivera, started their children's clothing business, Little Giants, Giant Shorties, six years ago while Hill was six months pregnant with their son, Knowledge. The couple discovered that they could be entrepreneurs while connecting with other parents through their hip-hop-inspired clothing and accessories.
Hill juggled being a mom to an infant and running a business. She packaged orders while she nursed and looked forward to a time when she could focus on the business full time. But a trip to New York to set up a monthlong pop-up shop turned into a four-year stay in a storefront for the duo. Then, with the COVID-19 pandemic and protests over police brutality, forced Little Giants was forced to close its physical store.
"We were able to cover our doors and windows just in time but never recovered financially," she said. But neither the protests nor the pandemic has stopped Little Giants from supporting its community.
"We've been serving since day one," Hill said. "Whether it is giving free clothes to kids in need in Atlanta or giving away books to teachers, children, and even a few libraries in Brooklyn."
Hill said they were proud to be a part of the Summer Youth Employment Program in New York. It was an opportunity for the company to give high school students a chance to see what it is like to be entrepreneurs.
"We plan to continuously serve people the best way we can," said Hill. "Our community is the only reason we're still here!"
Hill said the BeyGOOD grant will help her replenish inventory and pay outstanding bills. The BeyGOOD grant is a fund created by singer Beyonce's foundation in partnership with the NAACP to support struggling Black-owned small business owners impacted by the pandemic and nationwide unrest.
Hill expressed extreme gratitude to the NAACP and Beyonce for helping Black entrepreneurs who have been overlooked otherwise.
"We're humbled by this," Hill said.