Aranes recently opened her business, Erez Essentials, in an antiques market in Frisco, Texas, offering preserved flowers, organic candles and organic decorative products.
Aranes is an artist, born and raised in the Dominican Republican. She met a man from the United States and decided to marry him and follow him to the U.S. But she found herself missing the flowers from her home country. She soon discovered a method for drying, preserving and transporting flowers. After moving to Texas, she discovered the niche that would become the foundation of her business—a special flower preservation technique that wasn’t being used in Texas.
Soon she was expanding her business idea to include other niche products that don’t exist in the Texas market. After observing her husband’s and son’s apparent allergies to artificial candles, she discovered there was a lack of organic candle-makers in the area, and has now added this and other organic decorative products to her business.
Aranes said she is passionate about Accion Texas Inc.’s mission. Coming from the non-profit world herself, Aranes said was thrilled when she learned Accion Texas would give her business a chance, when no one else would.
With her working capital loan, Aranes has been purchasing inventory, paying the rent for retail space and creating promotional materials. She is also developing a website.
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.