Kimberly Jung and Emily Miller, both West Point graduates and military veterans who were deployed in Afghanistan, created Rumi Spice in 2014.
Jung, who was named 2016 “Asian-American Vetrepreneur of the Year” by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOB), served in Afghanistan near the Pakistani border searching for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Miller was a member of the Cultural Support Team (CST) which helped U.S. Special Forces build a closer bond with Afghan women and the local communities.
“Women know a lot about what is going on,” Miller said. “The CST program was meant to train women, get them out there to have woman-to-woman talks in order to build trust.”