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‘​​Our community deserves to be nurtured’: Sapphire Garcia-Lies on Wichita’s new birth justice center

‘​​Our community deserves to be nurtured’: Sapphire Garcia-Lies on Wichita’s new birth justice center

Sapphire Garcia-Lies wants new and expecting mothers in Wichita — especially in Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities — to feel nurtured.  That’s what she had in mind when crafting a new facility for the Wichita Birth Justice Society, a nonprofit led by Garcia-Lies that’s dedicated to reducing racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. In…

Marquetta Atkins is opening the doors of entrepreneurship for Wichita youth

Marquetta Atkins is opening the doors of entrepreneurship for Wichita youth

When Wichita native Marquetta Atkins merges her activism and entrepreneurship, the result creates pathways for youth from underserved communities to thrive. Atkins is the executive director of Destination Innovation, a hub for three programs that focus on youth — Progeny, Camp Destination Innovation and Root the Power. In 2015, she founded Camp Destination Innovation,  a…

What does it take to erase food inequality in Wichita? Tajahnaé Stocker is working on it.

What does it take to erase food inequality in Wichita? Tajahnaé Stocker is working on it.

When research revealed a disproportionate amount of dollar stores versus grocery stores in Wichita ZIP code 67214, it sparked an ambition within Tajahnaé Stocker: eliminate food insecurity in Kansas. To do so, Stocker practices anti-hunger advocacy through several mediums.  She wields social media as a platform to highlight food inequities in Wichita. She lobbies for…

Eddie Sandoval shares his culture through his business, Pinole Blue

Eddie Sandoval shares his culture through his business, Pinole Blue

Growing up in Solomon, a small town about 90 minutes north of Wichita, Eddie Sandoval kept himself busy with sports and running his own lawn mowing company. It was the first taste of entrepreneurship for Sandoval, who recalls growing up as part of the only Mexican family in the town of less than 1,000 people.…

Photography with style: Why Hannah Thompson built her business in Wichita

Photography with style: Why Hannah Thompson built her business in Wichita

Hannah Thompson has the special skill of transporting people from Wichita to wherever they want to go — but not by plane, train or automobile. She does it with photography. Thompson’s photography business — Reel Photography, LLC, which opened in November 2020 — is unique in that she edits many of her portraits to transform her subjects.…

How Wichita homeless advocate April Holt builds trust

How Wichita homeless advocate April Holt builds trust

As Wichita nears the end of winter, many people are past thinking about cold air and bitter wind. For April Holt,  it’s all she thinks about — stressing about those without homes to take cover in.  Holt has amassed an online following in Wichita with her social media posts about the people she meets on…

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