Miiriya, an marketplace that lets you shop Black Owned Businesses all in one place

The word Miiriya is a word from the African language of Bambara/Dioula, my native language. The word means “Thoughts” and “Ideas.” It can be used in many ways. In specific cases you can use it with other words to mean “Philosophers” or “Thinkers.”

Miiriya.com gathers people who believe in ideas, change, and come together as creatives and thinkers to make those ideas come true. It’s a place that aims to provide you with whatever comes to mind.

Vendors can sign up using the human icon at the top right on the website, or the account button when you open the mobile app. To help, please tip when shopping, and/or sign up to our patreon for $1 a month, it really helps me pay for the app’s servers and costs monthly. (There are businesses that continuously fail on other platforms because they can’t afford monthly costs that pile up when their businesses aren’t picking up. So I keep the app free for vendors, and they can sign up for the Patreon when they start doing well.)

My goal is to create convenience for shoppers who want to support black businesses seamlessly, while also creating a surge recirculating the black dollar.

My goal for the site in the community is to run this website in a socialistic way. Similar to Wikipedia and PBS, and all money made from the site will be seeped back into solving different issues in our community. In the future, I plan to have optional donations where the public and vendors can participate, and this website will be used to fund issues we always have to beg to be solved. (Edit 01/2022: There’s now a Mutual Aid section on the app that lets us see individuals struggling with things like groceries/bills/shelter in the community, and collectively donate $1 directly to them to help them reach their goals.) I plan to put things like community fridges in front of businesses and houses, where people who are hungry in the community can just open them and not have to go without food. I also plan to use any funds to fund the community’s healthcare, education, and more. I want to run this in a different way than other businesses, where the main goal is to make sure no one is left behind. I want to reach a point where If we see someone on the street who is struggling/homeless, we take them off the street, and better their lives. I’d like us to reach a point where we’d fund ourselves so we don’t have to rely and beg outside sources that continuously give us crumbs over the span of decades. I want to prove that doing socialistic practices and working together as a community can work. Please let someone know this app exists.

How to pronounce Miiriya simply:

Me – ree – ya

How to pronounce Miiriya (Like a native):

Me – e – ree – ya
Me as in myself, E like the letter E, Ree like the Ree in Reel (but with a Spanish R) and Ya.

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