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Meet Yhanni Jamila Brown of Mama Makers Collective in Westside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yhanni Jamila Brown.

Yhanni Jamila, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After the birth of my first child, I leaned on what I knew to contribute to the family financially. I was feeling very inspired but had very little time to commit to projects with a newborn. I wanted a community of mothers to talk to about these challenges. I couldn’t find one— so I created it.

Mama Makers Collective began as an opportunity for Mother Creators to have their wares sold. I would go to various markets, and sell a number of different small batch, locally made goodies in an effort to support the women who made them.

After having my second and third children (twins), MMC has evolved into “curated markets and gatherings”. We do events where people come to us. A couple weeks ago we had a pop up market in Santa Monica. Next Sunday, on August 19th, as a part of our Womxn’s Art Gathering series, we’re hosting an intuitive collage workshop. Can’t wait!

Has it been a smooth road?
Surprisingly, this journey has been pretty smooth. It’s not completely without challenges like navigating finances, business laws, permits etc. but I have learned so much! I wouldn’t even call some of the instances bumps in the road they were learning experiences and allowed me to go into our future gatherings more knowledgeable of what to expect.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Mama Makers Collective – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m the glue. I scoot and shift and stick all these creative women together. We are creating a network. I’m most proud to see mothers confident in their ability to be creative entrepreneurs.

We’re not a mom clique. Whether you doodle while your kids nap, own your own business or keep a notebook of all the designs you’ll one day get out into the world (guilty) YOU are a mama maker.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that each town in LA has its own distinct personality. I love to switch up the vibes of events simply by changing their location!

Although I love LA, it can be hard with everyone so spread out– I wish we were all closer.


  • Workshop prices vary from $25-$45 (sliding fee scale is always available!)

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