A Budding Entrepreneur at Gangplank Chandler: Amena

Amena, one of our Gangplank regulars, is launching her own business: An educational game for kids.

Over the last year, she’s create a business plan, designed the prototypes and built her own website. To get her business to the next level, she’s started an IndieGogo campaign as well:

Link to IndieGogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/celebrate-the-salah-game-pre-beta-campaign#/

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She explains:

The Heart Story

As a Muslim growing up in America, I learned my faith through the traditional methods of watching my parents, relatives, family, and friends. I remember watching my mom helping people in a selfless way. I remember vividly witnessing my father’s interaction with people with a warm and welcoming smile. However, as I didn’t have that interaction, I  learned my faith by watching my parents. Having that connection with my mom and dad while learning my faith was missing.

So when I became a mother of two beautiful children, I wanted something different. I wanted to offer something for my children that will build a bond around my faith. Like any mom out there, I bought DVDs for my children to watch at home, or in the car. I also purchased many books about being a good Muslim, and to understand the basics of Islam. My children did learn, but buying books and DVDs still had the disconnect I once felt when I was a child. These ways of learning did not help me as a mom to interact in a fun hands-on way with my children.

That is the heart of how my venture began to start a company called Aspire Learning Tools,  that creates mindful games for spiritual kids. I wanted something engaging, fun, and interactive, while learning their faith! I wanted my children to experience making their own connection with Allah (God). I wanted them to understand their faith and how to practice their faith.

The Project

I began developing the Salah(Prayer) Matching Game around December 2015. I did so with one goal in mind, to bring more fun faith based games for Muslim families, Islamic schools, homeschoolers, and anyone who wants to learn more about who we are as Muslims and what Salah (Prayer) is in Islam. Since then a lot of work has been done to the game…both the physical box and visual design. Also, this two-year journey has lead to much traction in Arizona and all over the USA. I have worked with two schools in Arizona, created 20 prototypes that where sent out in the USA, and worked with local families. I have also created a Facebook Page to allow awesome folks like you to rate and write a review about the game. After hundreds of surveys and interviews from a speech therapist, Muslim, Non-Muslim educators, and families, the game is ready to go to the next level!

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