Total loan: $8,150


Andes, NY, United States / Food

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A loan helped me to finish my commercial kitchen.

Deanna's story

I was born in Rochester, NY and grew up in the Catskills. I raised my family in NYC, and then returned to the Catskills as soon as my children were grown. My daughter is 30, and my son is now 22. Cooking, started for me, when I was 8 years old. I started my own business at 12 years old. I prepared a weeks worth of meals as well as cleaning the homes of 5 clients. I was the only 12 year old making a few hundred dollars a week. My grandmother, and mother taught me how to cook, and I never really dreamed of doing anything else. I spent 20 years working for Land Rover/Jaguar in NYC in sales and loved it. The market crashed in 2008. So when I was laid off, once again, I returned to the Catskills to pursue my dreams of cooking. I adore the Catskills. I am surrounded by farms, and the most amazing organic food. I see myself playing an important role, facilitating, as both an entrepreneur and as an educational model in the sustainable food sector.