‘Bourne Brilliant’: Three sisters tackle obesity, food insecurity with vegan eatery

By: Alyssa Wilson

Three young sisters under the age of 14 are already learning about owning a business. 

The Leo sisters Lyrica, Zaira and Nadira started their vegan eatery called Bourne Brilliant in Tallahassee, Florida. It began eight years ago when Lyrica was just six years old. She pitched the idea to her father and he gave her a $50 loan to bring her vision to life. 

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Lyrica, Zaira and their mother, Syrheda Leo, joined Start Your Day with Sharon Reed and Mike Hill to discuss their entrepreneurship. 

Lyrica and Syrheda live with autoimmune diseases, and a healthy diet has been crucial to their family. That’s one of the reasons they started their business, but Lyrica said there are other reasons as well. 

“Me and my mom we deal with autoimmune disease, so we’ve always tried to eat as healthy as we possibly can, and then I was thinking well like obesity is a very big problem in America, especially right now, and people can’t afford the food that’s good for them,” Lyrica said. “So, I thought how about we make this business about giving people healthier options for an affordable price.” 

Syrheda said their family and community has been supportive of their business. “The girls and I are very blessed because we have a very supportive family, village, and community,” she said, citing that Bourne Brilliant grew from a community initiative to a business with international support. 

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