We had the good fortune of connecting with Krystal Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krystal, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
For six 6 years I was held hostage in an abusive relationship. Before, during, and even after the relationship I suffered from depression and low self esteem severely. Not having the proper resources I lost myself, because I didn’t know how to go about getting the help that I needed. I didn’t want to go to family or friends because those peers tend to be very judgmental, therapist was not an option because I come from an upbringing where you’re suppose to talk to God not therapist, so I suffered until I was able to get out of the abusive relationship. When I finally got out, I still suffered from other things, but I was able to start thinking on my own and working hard on myself to find my place in this world.
To fast forward the story, the thought of other women crossed my mind instantly and often, especially black women. Black women’s mental health concerns, the domestic concerns they go through, the trauma they go through as children all the way up until they reach adulthood, black women as a whole are much too often over looked. Resources for black women to get the help they need with anything is very limited or hard to find and this is exactly what I experienced when I was actively seeking help for myself. So, I created the A Woman Is Organization, it was a way for me to give back and provide those resources to black women in a much safer, easier, and accessible capacity.
In the midst of me starting the A Woman Is non profit, the world was hit with the George Floyd video. A video released showing an officer kneeing a black man in his neck to the point where it caused death. Seeing this video traumatized me, scared me, silenced me at some point, but as time elapsed it woke me! As I was doing something for black women helping them to heal, it was in that moment that I knew I needed to do something for the black men. So, I Need You was created.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the founder of two nonprofits; A Woman Is and I Need You. A Woman Is, is a non profit organization created to heal and empower black women who suffers from trauma. The organization is a safe place where they can come and feel free to be transparent as they would like without the fear of being judged. A Woman Is offers resources, programs, virtual events, among other things that aide in helping black women to become the best version of themselves.
I Need You is a nonprofit that is still currently being constructed for black boys and men in helping them to build better relationships with themselves, family, friends, and the outside world. Not only do we work with them to build better relationships, but we want to equip them with the tools needed to make it in this world rather that be with Jobs, education, finances, entrepreneurship, the list goes on. We want society to see that our black boys and men are more than just a hashtag, they are more than just handcuffs, and they are more than the box that society places them in.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friend was visiting from out of town I would definitely take her to all of the best food places in town, we would indulge in some much needed shopping, pamper ourselves with some spa treatment (nails, massages, and facials), and we would visit some of the most popular attractions in the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Absolutely! I would first and foremost like to thank God because without him I wouldn’t be where I am today. I would next like to thank my daughter Khloe who has been my biggest inspiration. My daughter has pushed me in so many ways to do great things and to be great. My daughter was a blessing that I truly needed.
I would next like to thank my mother, Linda who as a single mom struggled to make sure I had everything I needed. My mom has always instilled values in me and has pushed me to keep going especially when I felt like giving up.
Lastly, I would like to thank my husband Desmond who at a time in my lowest rescued me from a very dark place because of him I am a better me. He has given me the ability to follow my dreams and do what I love. To say he works hard is an understatement. He works extremely hard providing and making sure our family has everything we need plus more.
Instagram: @awomanis_ @signedkrystal @ineedyoumovement
Picture of founder Krystal Thomas was take by Lindria Dockett