September 27, 2022

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Starting a craft business inspires career change for one woman

MANCHESTER, Conn. — Nineteen year-old Leah Cunha is an entrepreneur that started her own craft business in her sophomore year of high school. 

Her mother’s close friend gifted Leah’s younger sister, Maddie, a package of beads to use for fun, so she taught Leah how to make bracelets with them. 

She started selling these bracelets to her friends, but realized more people than just her friends were interested in buying them.

So, she worked all summer to start Leah Cunha Crafts, which has inspired her to change her career path from law to business. In fact, she currently majors in business at Western New England University. 

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Her family is extremely supportive of her, especially her father, Todd Cunha, who said that they let her use one of the spare bedrooms in their home as an office. She runs her business primarily online through her website and social media, but often sets up pop-up tents at local community events. 

Recently, she expanded her line to earrings, headbands, stickers, masks, and more. 

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Each month she donates ten percent of her profits to a different charity that is important to her customers. In addition, she prioritizes eco-friendly products and packages. For example, she avoids plastic packaging and her business cards are made of recycled paper. 

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Her family is confident in her business prospering and excited to see what she does next as Leah Cunha Crafts has changed the course of her life.

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