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Leisel
Leisel, also known simply as Q, has always had a love and passion for fashion. For over 13 years now, Q has worked as a stylist and personal shopper for celebrities Tara Banks, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. Q has also helped design and style popular shows such as America’s Next Top Model, The Tyra Banks Show, Who Are you Wearing? and Off the Legs.

Q stumbled upon StarMakers in the summer of 2007 when she walked into the shop to purchase a costume. She quickly built a strong relationship with Beverly Bishop, then owner of StarMakers, and became her apprentice. Not too long after, Beverly became too sick to run StarMarkers. Beverly left her costume shop to Q, and gave Q her blessing to continue her work.

Q is now the owner of StarMakers Costumes and Parties. She is currently asking for a $10,000 loan to purchase a POS system to better track her inventory as well as improve customer service. In the last five years, Q has revived StarMakers in the community.

“It is the go to place for all costume and make-up needs all year round!” she says.

Q has worked fervently to transform StarMakers into a costume shop that embodies all areas of theater, TV, film, fashion and image. A Kiva loan will help Q run her business more efficiently and allow her to continue her passion for fashion.

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This loan is part of the Kiva City Los Angeles initiative in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Small Business and VEDC (Valley Economic Development Center). Kiva City Los Angeles is a subset of Kiva City, a program that allows Kiva lenders to make microloans to small businesses in the United States with the help of community organizations and U.S. Field Partners.  

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Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC) is a non-profit community development financial institution and the largest provider of loans for small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs in the Greater Los Angeles area. In addition to loans, it offers extensive training opportunities, workshops, consulting and small business support services.

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  • $47,000
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  • $11,282,800
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