Total loan: $6,500


Pittsburgh, PA, United States / Food

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Amy's story

I grew up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania. My father was a jack-of-all-trades, switching from coal mining to steel mills to lumber yards, wherever there was work. My mother was a photojournalist for the local newspaper, until she started selling insurance to have more flexibility in her schedule, and time to spend with her three children. During my high school years, I started making more trips to the city of Pittsburgh, and quickly fell in love. After college, where I studied in New York City, Montreal, and Seoul, Korea, I did an AmeriCorps VISTA year in Rochester, New York. After my service year, I settled in Pittsburgh and have begun to carve out a life for myself. I worked at a non-profit organization and a coffee shop for the first year I was here, and I discovered that I loved to work with coffee. I have just fallen into a wonderful opportunity to take over a coffee shop that was unsuccessful. I am looking forward to turning the shop around, and helping to center a developing neighborhood around a friendly new shop with fantastic coffee.