We are a small, mighty team of two indigenous CHamoru women with dreams to expand into Guåhan's first worker-owned cooperative.
owner + founder
Mina is a climate activist and the founder of Numa'lo Refillery. Born on Guåhan and raised in California, Mina began making a conscious effort to reduce her waste in 2018. She shared her journey on social media and fostered a deep passion educating others of the intersectionality between our consumption habits, climate change, and social justice.
In 2021, Mina left her career as an English teacher to move back home and build Numa'lo Refillery. With the help of her cousin Tori, she designed and renovated the original Numa'lo van into a small business. Alongside this work, she is also the Co-Executive Director at Micronesia Climate Change Alliance, co-chair of Climate Justice Alliance's Reinvest in Our Power Working Group, and an Environmental Justice Movement Fellow with the Tishman Environment and Design Center.
Born and raised on Guåhan, Tori is the co-founder of Numa'lo. She was inspired by founder (cousin) Mina's lifestyle change years ago and felt compelled to help spark a change within her community. She helped build the original Numa'lo van and was a critical piece in establishing the business in its first year of operation. She is now Store Manager and oversees all inventory, vendors, and sales.
Tori has seen first hand what the plastic pandemic has done to our small island. As a mother of two energy-filled boys, she wants her children to remember Guåhan for its beauty. She is honored to be a part of Numa’lo to help make Guåhan a better place to live.
We can't forget
We’ve curated a team of makers who specialize in creating natural products free of toxins such as artificial & synthetic scents, fragrances, and preservatives.
We strive to source locally first- prioritizing products made in Guåhan. If we can’t find it on island, we expand our search to the Northern Mariana Islands, Micronesian Islands, and then all Pacifica Islands before finally settling to source from vendors elsewhere.