Unlike other 12 year olds who get the things they want in an instant, Nasai Oliver’s parents gave him something better – an opportunity to learn how to make money and buy the things he wants.
Instead of buying him a pair of Air Jordans, his mother helped him set up his own lemonade stand in one of Delaware’s toughest neighborhoods. The locals flocked to Nasai’s lemonade stand, thankful for the positivity he brings to the corner that was known for violent crimes.
Oliver started selling their family’s secret lemonade recipe for $3 a cup on the corner of Jessup Street and Vandever Avenue. Nasai learned many valuable lessons manning his stand, including how to communicate with and market his lemonade to passers-by. In just a few weeks, Nasai was able to earn the $175 he needed for the sneakers. Inspired by his success, Nasai decided to keep selling the drink and he was able to buy his back to school wardrobe and a plus a few more sneakers!
For breast cancer awareness month, Oliver promised to donate twenty five cents from each pink lemonade cup sold to his local breast cancer charity. This cause has as a special place in the Oliver’s hearts as a great grandmother suffered and died from the disease. This week, he made good on that promise when he handed $45 to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.
Nasai is an inspiration for the young and old alike. He was taught the dignity of earning an honest living and the importance of giving to charity at an early age.
We wish Nasai the best of luck in his future endeavors!