Brook LaFloe

Brook LaFloe

Niniijaanis

Social Enterprise for Indigenous Children

Expansion

Woman-Identified, Indigenous / Native

Creative

Youth & Education

B2C

Business Models and Financials, Growth, Scaling, and Investments, Operations and Administration

My baby brother was the first Montessori kid in our family, and he inspired my mother to open a Native Montessori school. Then, they both inspired me to start the business - Niniijaanis One of Ones - to bring culturally relevant learning to early childhood educators and families.

We create, sell, and give away culturally-relevant learning materials and curriculum, and fundraise with our one-of-a-kind handmade items. Currently, we sell online but we are ready to hit the road - literally by pairing our products with statewide educational services through our Niniijaanis War Pony! We launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase and refurbish a van / mini bus, our "War Pony," to transform into a dual purpose mobile learning environment / store so we can directly serve families and communities.