Pongee Barnes is a real estate developer, wife and mother who believes that Black children across the U.S. have been done a disservice as it relates to financial education. So, instead of waiting for her two young sons, Franklin and Benjamin, to turn 18, she decided to start early by developing her company and book series Little Owners. She also encouraged her sons to be co-authors of the series. Some of the books Benjamin and Franklin have penned include Ben the Banker, Franklin the Franchise Owner, Robert the Real Estate Investor, and Ben the Gamer.
Rolling out caught up with the supermom to learn more about the book series and why she got started.
Tell us about Little Owners.
Little Owners exposes children to different entrepreneurship career paths and financial literacy. The books are written for children ages 6 to 12, but I’ve seen the book being purchased for children as small as infants. It’s imperative that children feel empowered and are given the proper education and tools to dream big. Each book includes financial vocabulary to give them the language to have a head start on creating passive income, investing, banking, and homeownership, and much more.
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