What started in one woman’s garage as an opportunity for her to educate others about hair care, became an empire that in just four short years has grown into a multi-million-dollar company. Mielle Organics founder and CEO, Monique Rodriguez, never imagined that after experiencing the loss of her son at six months , her hobby would grow into a world-renowned brand. One thing you can definitely take from her story is that storms doesn’t last forever . Yes, it might be hard, but not impossible if you believe .


Me: plays “When you believe“ from Whitney Houston feat. Mariah Carey*.

Monique took some time to chat with BLACK PEPPER about overcoming anxiety, the importance of faith and black lives matter.

BP : Have you always dreamt about being an entrepreneur?

MONIQUE: Growing up, I always knew I wanted to pursue something that was my passion but I never saw any one in entrepreneurship that looked like me. After working as a registered nurse for eight years, I realized that I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t living in my purpose and I had this lingering desire to go back to my first love, beauty. I decided to take a leap of faith and begin Mielle Organics so that I could connect women through haircare, create products for women that look like me, and give my daughters someone to look up to in a position of ownership that looks like them.

BP: How did your faith help you?

MONIQUE: My faith helped me in a major way. After the loss of my son, I had to lean on God to get me through that difficult time and discover what my purpose truly was. After I developed that relationship and chose to align my life with his word and his plan for me, that allowed me to take a leap of faith and develop Mielle Organics. I never imagined that it would reach the level that we have grown to today and I feel like it’s thanks to God’s influence in my life.