Making their Mark: Rachyl's Goat Milk Soap
Starting a small business when you're 9-years-old is pretty much impossible -- unless you're Rachyl Travis.
“It was mostly YouTube and Google,” recalls a now-16-year-old Rachyl. “There was a lot of trial and error, a lot of soap explosions.”
Rachyl's Goat Milk Soap started seven years ago, when Rachyl’s parents let her buy goats, under one condition.
“Because I have a lot of children, I said, ‘I don't care what kind of animals you take home, you just have to take care of them and you got to take them to the vet and you got to pay for their food and all that,’” said Rachyl’s mother, Lillian Travis.
“They started producing milk, and I was like well, I have to do something with the milk, so I started making soap and I started giving it away as gifts,” said Rachyl.
Rachyl's Goat Milk Soap was an instant hit, as friends and family were begging for more.
It wasn't long before Rachyl was selling it at local farmer's markets.
“Goat milk has alpha hydroxy acids, along with minerals and the cream in it and it's really good for moisturizing your skin, taking away dead skin cells,” said Rachyl, explaining some of the benefits of her soap.
“One of Rachyl's biggest goals is to educate people of what they put on their skin,” added Lillian.
These days, keeping up with demand for goat milk soap is a fulltime job.
Rachyl's feeding and milking her goats at dawn, making soap and filling orders during the day, and tackling school work, before taking care her animals again at night.
“I wasn't doing it at 16, or 9,” laughed Lillian.
But that hard work is paying off.
Rachyl is selling 300 to 400 bars of soap a month.
Her goal is to grow the company enough to employ her family members full time. After all, Rachyl will have to start squeezing college into her daily routine in the very near future.
“Just extremely proud,” said Lillian. “Proud, and she's a hard worker.”
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