More evidence of that resilience can be found in the home of Amy Marohl.
Pre-COVID-19, Marohl, a mother of eight, ran a small Etsy shop out of her house, selling handmade items like table runners, curtains and reusable baby wipes.
When the pandemic set in, Etsy asked shop owners to consider pivoting their business to masks. Marohl, who had been making masks for local families and essential workers, saw an opportunity to grow her business while providing much-needed supplies.
“Special requests from customers started coming in, asking for a certain breed of dog on the face mask, or a type of food, or to make them in a child’s size,” says Marohl, who also sold themed masks for restaurants and grocery stores. A few of her masks even became best-sellers on Etsy.
She also found a way to involve her children, four of whom are homeschooled. Each time she shipped an order to a new state, her children colored it in on a map. It didn’t take long for them to color all 50.
“The shift of focus at this time of crisis helped not only my large family, but also over 1,000 of our customers,” she says. “The support from my family was very helpful, and they are all proud to be helping others across America.”
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