Verista Inc. traces its history to 2007, when Baraka Foundation / Beyond the Mountains was created to raise awareness and conduct fundraising for a girls’ school and adjoining library in Afghanistan.

After incorporation as a nonprofit in 2012, Baraka Foundation Inc. continued these efforts with a public multimedia presentation of Beyond the Mountains. The corporation also has supported projects regarding the beneficial use of native plants in the Southern Appalachians.

The corporation was renamed Verista Inc. in February 2015, and has taken on local and international media development work and educational efforts in cooperation with the for-profit, woman-owned small business NearMedia LLC.