MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s an unlikely pairing, women prisoners and entrepreneurs, but there is an organization of women that have figured out how to mentor, change lives and make money. And they are doing it with something most people love to do and that is shop.
“Dragonfly is a symbol of change, of evolution, that’s what inspired us to name the store Dragonfly because that’s what we see from the ladies that graduate our program in prison once they get out,” said LEAP Co-Founder Gemma Garcia.
Dragonfly Thrift Boutique is located along Southwest 8th Street and 31st Avenue in Miami. The store opened in March and is creating all kinds of buzz on social media like Instagram and Facebook.
“All of the merchandise that we get is donated from friends of ours, word of mouth, and social media. We have clothing, we have furniture, and we have household goods. I think we are a really special thrift store because if anyone comes in here, they are not going to feel that they are in a thrift store. It really feels like a boutique, rather than a thrift store,” said Garcia.