Total loan: $8,000


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Brooklyn, NY, United States / Food

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A loan helped fund the renovation and plumbing for Lakou, a community-focused juicery and healthy food cafe for the historic Weeksville neighborhood in Brooklyn, which currently has very limited healthy eating options.

Cassandre's story

I was born in Brooklyn, NY during the 80s to two Haitian immigrants. At the age of three my dad was murdered during a trip to Haiti. This left my mom and I on our own. We soon moved to Miami, FL where I spent much of my formative years. My mom, a financial whiz in her own right, managed to keep us both afloat with a job paying her $9 per hour. At a young age, I was resolute on pursuing a career in law and business simply because it seemed like the keys to being successful in America and lifting up the marginalized were buried in those careers. From 2006 to 2010, I attended the University of Miami where I studied finance and accounting. I also won the Louis P. Mills award for creating an entrepreneurship workshop for the female residents of Little Haiti. From 2010 to 2013, I attended NYU Law school, and soon after started my four year career in Corporate America, both as an attorney and as an investment banker. These experiences thought me about the work ethic necessary to succeed, as well as the value of networking. Though working on fast past deals was exciting, I couldn't help but know that my purpose was to take that same knowledge and focus it on building stronger businesses addressing the needs of people of color. Given my financial, business and legal background, I believe that I'm ready to become an entrepreneur and apply those keys of success into making my neighborhood great. I believe that Lakou is an excellent starting place. Please support me in addressing the high obesity, heart disease and mental illnesses in my neighborhood through the promotion of Lakou, a community-focused cafe that will provide healthy options to the historic Weeksville neighborhood.