Total loan: $9,000


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Emeryville, CA, United States / Clothing

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A loan helped fund a female entrepreneur to grow her clothing business by purchasing industrial sewing machines and new fabrics.

Leta's story

Daily tasks as a single mother and a full time employee just didn't fit the bill. My schedule was off and my life was a complete rush. I desperately needed to manage my own schedule, so I began to manage my own business at my residence back in 2005 when I had my first child. As a single mother of 4, I realized that working away from home had become a disaster, so I had to think of some ways I could bring my family to work. So the idea of owning my business was inevitable as well as becoming financially and mentally independent. Therefore, I started selling my product at local flea markets, small venues in the area as well as working from home. There was a time in my life that not only did i have to figure out what would work best for me in regards to raising my family but also found myself in a situation where I had to constantly look over my shoulder due to a domestic violence situation with one of my Ex's. He tried every tactic to not only bully me but also desperately wanted to ruin my business that I worked so very hard to establish. Needless to say, he did not win. I have been resilient, hardworking and tenacious in my will to succeed and I will never give up!!! What motivates me is seeing my customers happy with their customer service as well as their product. Often my products will have and inspirational affirmation or quote on an item(s) that are created specifically to inspire, uplift and heal the wearer of the garment or accessory. I absolutely love seeing my customers light up with joy when they tell me that the product they choose speaks to them with love.