In an industry dominated by white men, Tiffany Capri Hainesworth, founder of Tequila brand TCapri Tequila, is changing the narrative as the first Black woman to solely own a tequila brand.
The Maryland-based spirit brand owner before achieving her lifelong dream was employed by the federal government for almost three decades but after an accident, she decided to do “something different, something fun.”
Her entrepreneurial journey started with making gummy bears made from liquor brands, wine, and other gourmet treats, and in 2018 curiosity sparked and she began researching the process of making tequila eventually finding a distillery in Guadalajara, Mexico. Many thanks to determination, she pushed through several barriers and even worked together with local Mexican farmers in harvesting crops needed to produce tequila.
“It was important to me to pay homage to a product that I was producing,” she told NBC News. “I didn’t want to just slap my name on a bottle and say I have a liquor brand.”
Hainesworth today has established herself a successful entrepreneur. Her tequila brand is being sold in various stores throughout the state of Maryland, and she is hoping to make it an international brand one day.
“It makes me feel like anything is possible for women, anything is possible for minorities,” Hainesworth said. “You just have to focus, put your mind to it and stay at it.”