Total loan: $2,000
San Francisco, CA, United States / Clothing
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A loan helped pay for an art studio space for 4 months, purchase inventory, materials and supplies and registration fees for Art Festivals where I can reach my target market to increase visibility and sales.
I grew up in a low-income community in San Francisco. My mother established a non-profit education center for families in our community, where I worked part-time. I saw the lack of support and resources many of neighbors experienced. I was blessed to attend UC Berkeley where I majored in American Studies, with an emphasis on urban-economic development. I learned the impact that entrepreneurship could have on a person, their family and ultimately their community. I became an entrepreneur instructor and business consultant. One of my assignments was at an Art & Culture Center; where I tapped into my creative side. After 6 years of marriage, my husband was murdered at the age of 31, our son was almost 2 years old and I was 4 months pregnant. Desperately needing an outlet and additional income I opened a children's boutique. Although the experience was incredible, the timing was not right to operate a business and raise two babies as a single parent. I continued my consulting business, and continued my work as a program director for several non-profit organizations. Needing a creative outlet, I began designing wearable art as a form of therapy. After receiving compliments from co-workers, friends and strangers about my designs, I realized I could combine my love for entrepreneurship and art, hence Honey Wearable Art was born.