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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-05-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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8 SCITUATE SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER soap to support raising her pet goats. After making a small profit, she began saving money for college. Now, after earning her high school diploma a year early, Travis is headed to college to study business and accounting as she continues to build her business. Standing in her newly built farm stand on the Travis Family Farm at 615 Rocky Hill Road in North Scituate, Travis said she's proud of what she's accomplished at such a young age. The stand opens every day "from sunrise to sunset" and operates on the honor system by check or cash. The rustic, wooden shelves are stocked with soap, lotions, oatmeal baths, baby bathing products and more. "I'm so happy to have this space and be able to share my products with the locals who love it," Travis said. She said her business started out rocky, and she relied on the support of locals and her family to get by the first couple of years. Then one day "it just happened." She said she realized she was a child and didn't know how to run a business, balance accounts, file taxes or have a logical business plan. She said she began taking classes at the Center for Women and Enterprise and got a mentor at the Small Business Association. "I got a grip on how to run and own a business and it's improved in the last two years. I want to see how far I can take this," Travis said. After earning her associate's degree at CCRI, Travis hopes to continue her education at Babson College in Massachusetts. Over the years, Travis has continued making her goat milk soaps in her sig- nature scents created using herbs from the garden on the Travis Family Farm or using essential oils. Her brand expanded into body but- ters, lotions, chapsticks, bug spray, skincare, make-up remover and more. Through the years, she said she never stopped creating and perfecting her products. From making her first soap, which she learned how to do on YouTube, to earning her high school diploma, fam- ily and friends have helped keep her childhood business going. "If I have friends over, we usually are chatting while stamping soap or wrapping soap. I've had so much help and support over the years, I just want to be able to give back," Travis said. She said her mother, Lillian, and her sister, Jaklyn, have always been huge contributors to her success. Both helped and inspired her to take Rachyl's Goat Milk Soap business to the next level. She uses social media to have her customers help name products and find what the next great scent will be. Ideally, she said, she'd like to be able to pay her employees. "I want it to become big enough to support the friends and family that have helped me. They have all helped me out so much. I'd like to contribute back to them," she said. Being homeschooled, she is able to split her time between school work and her goats, perfecting her product formulas. She said behind each prod- uct are batches and batches of testing and trying. Travis heard Nubian goats each produce about one gallon of milk per day. She said these goats have a higher fat content than other milk goats, and the taste is most similar to cow milk. It also makes good soap, she said. Even with her college courses, Travis said she will continue to make soap two times each week as she always has done. She said one gallon of milk produces one batch of soap, and she usually uses around 10 gal- lons a week to make a total of 800 bars of soap. The process takes about four weeks to complete from daily milking, freez- ing the milk, creating the batch of soap and the time it takes it to dry. TRAVIS From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD RACHYL TRAVIS, 17, has been in the goat milk soap making business since she was 8. Now, she's heading to business school to learn the skills to expand her business and support those who helped her along the way. SAVE With Our everyday LOW PRICES Winter Set Gallon 40K $ 20 20K Pail Kit $ 48 Winter Pill $ 20 4x8 Air Pillow $ 12 Our Specialization is Inground Swimming Pool Service In Shop Salt Cell and Filter Cartridge Overnight Deep Cleaning Have Your Pool Winterized by a Professional and Save Time & Money. Call Today! Swimming Pool Supplies & Services The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals Creative Pool System, Inc. 17 Commerce Street, Greenville (behind A&W) 949-4400 Family Owned and Operated with over 30 years experienced Visit our showroom for all your Pool needs – Open 7 Days $ 25 OFF 2 Treatments Scheduled by September 12, 2019! Call Today! We treat large areas including sports fields. The leading choice for mosquito and tick protection. Too precious not to protect. Protect your family and pets from the nuisance and dangers of mosquitos and ticks. Autumn Autumn Autumn Breeze

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