MU student hopes to help inspire others to grow past abusive relationships

8 months 1 week 5 days ago Friday, January 04 2019 Jan 4, 2019 Friday, January 04, 2019 3:37:00 PM CST January 04, 2019 in News
By: Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 News

COLUMBIA – A University of Missouri student said he is turning bad experiences into good with his online business.

“Last year I was in a relationship and things were going well for a while, then fast forward a bit and she became an alcoholic and was really really abusive towards me,” said Tyler Ingram. 

Ingram said his relationship got so bad, he began to lose confidence in himself. 

“Once I got to the other side of that pain, I really wanted to find a way to help others going through the same thing and turn one of my darkest moments into something really beautiful,” he said. 

In December 2017, Explore Hamble was born.

Ingram has a business minor from the University of Missouri. He put his skills to use when creating his new business, as well as his drive to do something for the community.

“It’s an online clothing store that donates 15 percent of the profits to True North.”

True North is a shelter located in Columbia. Its goal is to “provide safety, shelter, education and transitional support for those who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence and to empower all to create a safer community.”

“If I can positively impact one person’s life, then it will have all been worth it,” Ingram said. 

But Ingram has already impacted more than one person’s life. 

During his free time, Ingram also works as a motivational speaker. He has traveled to various sororities at the University of Missouri to speak at their events. 

“I had a really strong connection to the cause and thought it was super awesome,” said Morgan Barr, a member of Explore Hamble’s marketing team. 

Barr is in Delta Gamma. She said she originally reached out to Ingram after he spoke at her chapter.

Barr helped co-found a student-run ad agency called Mint. Barr said Ingram's message inspired her.

“With Mint we wanted to help student entrepreneurs,” she said.

Through Barr’s help, Ingram has been able to rebrand his business to help inspire others in similar situations. He has even included messages from others who he has helped inspire. 

Despite Ingram’s graduation from the University of Missouri in December this year, he said he still plans to continue helping others like him in the area.

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