Total loan: $2,000


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Houston, TX, United States / Retail

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Brooke's story

I grew up in the city that literally never sleeps- New York. My childhood was filled with art and culture by day as I attended the best performing arts schools as a ballet dancer. But at night I went home to the then tough neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. The beauty of the stage and how makeup and skin care transformed ones appearance was enchanting. It wasn't until after college and a brief career as a television writer that my true dream of working in makeup and skin care was realized. My mother died on Valentine's day, two weeks before my seventeenth birthday. A single mother, she left behind six children. We were all split up throughout the foster care system. My biggest fear in life is leaving my children without the proper financial and spiritual foundation to survive. After leaving an abusive relationship where my ankle was broken in 3 places, I currently live and work in Houston, TX. Houston is an amazing city and I am proud to call it home. I work 70 hours a week as a cab driver for the disabled community. I love my clients! They inspire me everyday. But, my dream is to open OshunRa Vegan Beauty so that I can have the peace of mind in being financially independent with a flexible schedule to be more present in my children's lives.