"Can We Speak To Your Manager?": How A Group of Friends Give Back To Local Businesses

A group of friends from Chicago are bringing a positive spin to a phrase dreaded by anyone who has worked in customer service: “Can I speak to your manager?”

The group is known locally as the “the girls who give money.” Their goal is to support small businesses owned by marginalized or under served communities who may be struggling through the pandemic. The group surprises the managers of community businesses with a small donation at the end of their visit.

"We’re all struggling. We’re all looking to see that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, that somebody has our back, that somebody believes in us,” said Jasso, one of the group’s members, in an article by WGN9 News. “Especially with small business owners. They struggle every single day and until you own a small business, you might not know how difficult it is to retain customers and just stay confident and keep working towards your goals.”

The group raised more than $4000 from friends and family on social media and has distributed the donations to several black-owned businesses.

In videos posted on Jasso’s Facebook page and Instagram, she tapes owner’s emotional reactions to her group's visits.

“I had one woman who said we strive to make $100 a day to stay afloat. So this $150 just set us up for a day and a half of not having to worry about that. Somebody else said it restores her faith in humanity,” said Jasso.

The group said the movement has sparked friends to raise money for local businesses in Florida, New York, California and Texas. They hope it will go nationwide to show how small gestures can have a big impacts.

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