More than three years ago, Christine’s love for antique and vintage items influenced her to open a shop. With years of experiences in the retail and sales industry, Christine noticed a market for antique books, furniture, art and other related items and went into business in 2010. As passionate as Christine is for the work she does, the shop temporarily closed after two years because of a decline in business.
In April 2013, Christine decided to reopen the business, this time focusing on used and vintage literature, art and handmade goods.
Financed through her personal investments, Christine knew the second time around she would need to accumulate monetary assistance outside of her pockets. She turned to Accion Texas Inc.
The nonprofit microlender with America’s largest lending portfolio became Christine’s second source of income to balance her business. After approval, she used the loan to establish her business, finance the rent for a new location, acquire equipment and inventory and have enough money left for operating costs. She is hopeful to make more profits than she did previously.
With her newly purchased cash register, laptop, paper, ink, shopping bags, books, bookmarks and other inventory, Christine has access to an economical way to advertise her business and generate sales.
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.