Kerry Koranteng is not your ordinary tween. At just 12 years old, Kerry is an entrepreneur and philanthropist with her own nonprofit, the KerryK Foundation.
This young girl boss is also the CEO of KerryKLips. She creates lip care products from her home and sells them online. Proceeds from her sales go to help children in need in deprived areas.
Kerry collects new shoes for children in Ghana. She was inspired at age eight after visiting Ghana for the first time, where she saw children begging for money on the streets without shoes and in shabby clothes. She says,
“I started to give away my shoes initially, but it wasn’t enough. From there, my pageant sisters also donated shoes to help. Then, when I was introduced to the Millhouse Charities, it picked up. They donated over 1000 pairs of shoes to my organization”.
Kerry says that she wanted to keep busy during quarantine and began to share her mission on her social media platform. It allowed her to connect and engage with those who wanted to help.
Her mother says watching her daughter’s work is fulfilling and makes her proud. The child of two Ghanaian parents, Kerry’s family visits their home continent each summer. Kerry loves traveling back to Ghana. She says she loves connecting with her Ghanaian family during those trips.
Kerry wants to expand her charitable contributions to include hygiene kits in Ghana and other parts of Africa.
“I feel grateful that I’m able to have a chance to give back to the children in Ghana, and I love seeing the faces of the children when I give them new shoes,” Kerry says.