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Total loan: $7,000
Brooklyn, NY, United States / Food
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April's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!
A loan helped us produce more inventory, and sample more people on our mixers.
April: I grew up on a dirt road in Vermont. We didn’t have TV, so I made lots of things from an early age- forts, chairs, jewelry, etc. I learned how to use power tools by the time I was 8. My parents always said they worked hard, but not smart, and they worked 6 and 7 days every week. I decided I had extra time when I was 13, and found my first job, chamber-maiding with a friend at a local inn. I went from one restaurant job to the next, working my way through college. Meanwhile, the economy at home wasn’t changing. There was a lot of poverty. I decided I had to diversify my skill-sets if I wanted job security, so I spent years learning what I loved, what I was good at, and what I could get good at if I focused. I wrote for a magazine, built models for an engineering firm, worked at a television station, and did design projects in South Africa and Sri Lanka while getting deeper into F&B, then into the cocktail world. Gates: My mother was a home economics teacher in Detroit, in the 1960s. Following an unfortunate incident in the riots, she left work permanently, and stayed home to raise the five of us, immediately putting us to work. There wasn't a right way or a wrong way to do things like laundry or dishes, but there was always a most efficient way. I grew up looking for opportunities to save time & increase ingenuity. After twenty-odd years of bartending, April told me about her idea to bring cocktails to the masses, and I knew that this was a wonderful idea. For me, it's not about new trends. It's about consistency and quality for as many people as possible.