Total loan: $6,000


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Milwaukee, WI, United States / Food

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A loan helped pay our kitchen rent, expand our distribution, buy new equipment, and gain working capital for our business.

Jennifer's story

I grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin, the youngest of seven children in a tight-knit Italian-Irish Catholic family. We never had a lot of money, but we were happy nonetheless, and took pleasure in the simple things, such as cooking, nature, reading and spending time together. My father built a cabin in the north woods, and my mother and I would pick wild raspberries and blackberries every summer, and it is from her that I first learned how to make jam, to appreciate the way the raspberries tasted, warm and aromatic from the sun. Today, my partner Gil and I live in Milwaukee, WI. We both work in the restaurant industry, and 5 lilies is our way to contribute to the food world in a unique way that reflects our passion for cooking, and supporting local and sustainable food. Our dreams for the future include running a thriving business, and being able to give back to our community by supporting local farmers and small businesses, and teaching through cooking demonstrations.