I'm a Mom 101
Anetha Kashuba is a mother of six who is a facilitator of personal development. Her goal is to teach and empower women through sustainable life skills and community relationships.
Anetha places great value on family and community. She is a mother to five boys and one girl and is expecting her 7th child in July 2017. Her children are all under the age of 10. Anetha’s professional experiences come from her family. She wants to share her passion for empowering women through her business: I’m a Mom 101. Her business will be a hub for women wanting to learn and develop new skills and network with other women within the community.
Anetha was born and raised in Prince George, British Columbia. At the age of 19 she moved to Vernon, British Columbia. Anetha began her career working with children and youth in a church setting. Anetha “married young and put [her] husband through university [all] while having children.” Anetha worked teaching life skills to people with mental and physical disabilities. She explains she “worked … for 5 years,” and “went on 4 maternity leaves.”
spotting a need in her community, Anetha decided to found I’m a Mom 101.
this business because I believe there is a lack of community among women in our
world today,” she explains. “We’ve lost a lot of sustainable skills and through
my life experience of being at home with my kids, I began to feel empowered as
I learned how to provide for my family.”
further explains she and her husband “learned sustainable ways to save money by
teaching [themselves] new skills,” including making bread from scratch,
planting a large garden, and learning how to process all of the garden goodies
into products such as fruit leather, salsa and apple sauce. Anetha says that
through this learning, she gained “great self-confidence.”
I’m a Mom 101 business platform Anetha is focused on “[e]mpowering women and
motherhood by networking, teaching and inspiring through sustainable workshops
and creating women small business.” I’m a Mom 101 will include public and
government-funded courses and workshops with onsite childcare, and take home
step-by-step instructions. As the instructor and workshop facilitator, Anetha
will provide a space for those attending to learn from each other. Anetha
explains it “is about building community and building confidence [through]
relationships while learning sustainable skills.” She also notes, “[we] all
have skills to teach each other and my vision is that I’m a Mom 101 will
provide this avenue and network.” Anetha expects to begin providing these
workshops in September 2017.
the ACE Program, Anetha’s goal was to “learn the skills needed to be an
entrepreneur and to be able to build [her] first business plan.” Anetha
describes herself as “an idea brewer,” and she “wanted a place where [she]
could learn practical skills to help [her] filter out [her] good venture ideas
from [her] bad.” She also explains she “never embraced [her] Aboriginal
Ancestry and wanted to learn more about [the] culture of [her] ancestors.”
Everyone can be an idea brewer but it’s those people that put their dreams into action that are true entrepreneurs.
Anetha’s favourite part of the ACE Program has been “building relationships and creating a new understanding of [her] Aboriginal Culture.” Anetha also describes the value of what she has “learned … is immeasurable and has equipped and empowered [her] to be confident about [her] business plan.” A key lesson Anetha learned during the ACE Program was “[t]hat everyone can be an idea brewer, but it’s those people that put their dreams into action that are true entrepreneurs.”
Anetha is working hard with her family to put her dreams into action. She
and her husband are “in the process of building a carriage house in [their]
yard with a two bedroom suite above.” Anetha explains the suite “will help
finance the building and I’m A Mom 101 will run [out of] the 3 car garage.” In
addition to the workshop space in the garage, Anetha hopes to add a commercial
kitchen. Her dream is to operate food workshops and teach others valuable
basic culinary skills such as soups, canning and bread making.
addition to creating a space for I’m a Mom 101, Anetha and her family are
preparing for a busy summer! It includes welcoming a new baby girl who is due
to arrive at the beginning of July. Anetha notes her “family will have to do
some adjusting while [welcoming] her into [the] family.” During the summer,
Anetha and her family will be taking additional steps to prepare for the launch
of I’m a Mom 101. This will include writing lesson plans and running
trial “workshops to smooth out some of the bumps.” In addition, she will
be researching the availability of government grants which will make up a
portion of potential income from I’m a Mom 101.
prospective entrepreneurs considering applying to the ACE Program to take their
next steps as entrepreneurs, Anetha offers these words of wisdom. “You
get out what you put in. This program is a great place for learning and
acquiring the skills you would need to start your own business. A business
program crunched into 3 months – High end learning with all of the meat and
none of the fluff.”
We at ACE
are excited to see what the future holds for I’m a Mom 101 and are grateful for
the opportunity to work with and learn from Anetha during her entrepreneurial
journey. Make sure you follow along with Anetha’s new blog featuring a different mom
with a different story each week. Make sure to like and follow the I’m A Mom 101 Facebook Page, where
Anetha is sharing teaser tutorials for her upcoming workshops.