Total loan: $5,000
Hillsboro, OR, United States / Food
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A loan helped open my own catering & cooking class kitchen.
Growing up in the village of Gachie, Kenya, I learned to cook, and be an entrepreneur by the time I was 10 years. I sold potatoes, tomatoes, and collard greens that I had grown myself at the local farmers market and old newspapers to store owners in order to have my own pocket money. Since moving to Oregon, USA, as a young adult, that spirit of entrepreneurship has served me well. While completing my Bachelors of Science, in Business Management, I started Spice of Africa; a catering and cooking school that specializes in African food. Our first client was Portland Community College (PCC) where I taught a series of cooking classes in 2009. We are a company that has grown organically, and after those first initial cooking classes for PCC, we expanded into catering, private and fundraising dinners, as well as selling our food at our local farmers markets. We still teach community education classes at PCC. We have come full circle. December 2015 – March 2016, we went on a 4-month community service trip to Gachie and surrounding villages and distributed over 40,000 books and school supplies to schools that we shipped in partnership with Rotary Club of Beaverton. We set up a community library, kitchen, and a sewing project to stimulate community and economic development in the village- this project is called Feed the Village and it is the humanitarian and philanthropic branch of Spice of Africa. I am grateful to have the opportunity to impart the values of sharing and caring to make our world better place for current and future generations to today’s youth, and my 13 year old daughter who came on the trip with me. You can learn more about our work in rural villages at www.FeedtheVillage.org