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Total loan: $2,000
Boulder Creek, CA, United States / Arts
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Jessie's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!
A loan helped small business become more self sustainable by giving them a jump start into gaining new supplies that will ensure a survivable and expandable business!
I have been an arts and crafter my whole life. I have spent my whole life learning how to make everything from scratch, fix things, create my own style. I was selling dream-catchers, jewelry, and clothing starting at the age of 11, aided by my native american family (whom I was raised by) which taught me the value of creating things with your hands. I grew up in rustic Billings Montana and spent time on my Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, learning many trades like sculpting, beading, herbs, cooking, painting, and shamanic healing from my tribe. By the age of 17 I was actively creating hemp jewelry for headshops in Montana and California. By 19 I was sewing my own line of clothing and selling it at events. At the age of 23 my Dad gave me a gift of $2000, which I used to invest in supplies for my business. That is when I officially started my company. I started selling my hemp jewelry on Forums online and on Ebay. Hemp jewelry had been around for a long time, but I decided to take it to a new level... making it more diverse for different types of people, and using high end materials. People were always very impressed with my hemp jewelry, as you often times could not even tell it was hemp, and there was always something that appealed to everyone. I sold as a street vendor, at festivals, at clubs, and online... working very hard to get my name out there. Once I moved to California, I spent a couple of years marketing my jewelry online, and eventually started selling on Etsy. I worked hard until I dominated the Hemp Jewelry Market all over the internet, and started my own website. By 2010, I was making over $1,500 a month selling my jewelry, expanding the business more and more and surviving well. I had become one of the most popular Hemp Jewelry Artists Online! What a success! Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end it seems. My husband of 10 years acquired a serious mental illness and I got diagnosed with a serious illness myself. In my struggle for independence and survival, I almost lost everything. The cost of my divorce took away the money I would have otherwise used to re-up on my most popular items. Without them in stock, people are having a hard time finding my business online (I had a professional assess this). I have spent the last year barely bobbing above water, needing to focus on my health (which is thankfully increasing due to some good herbal treatments!) My heart and mental health have healed, my body is healing... now its time for my business to heal. I was overly generous and gave my Ex husband more than he deserved and left myself struggling to the point where my business may fail... but after my whole life building it up, I am not about to give up! I am doing EVERYTHING in my power to bounce back... and if Kiva can aid me in this, I would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!