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Total loan: $10,000
Bronx, NY, United States / Retail
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I was born and currently reside in the Bronx of NY. While growing up, I have fond memories of lots of colors. Back in the 70’s and 80’s the communities consisted of Latino’s, African-Americans and Caribbean’s. Every culture had their unique way of using color to represent their heritage, which ranged from beautiful dresses with lots of ruffles, sneakers and gym suits that marched to the beat of hip-hop and graffiti which showcased the arts as well as the struggles of the time. At the age of 14, I had my very first vision of owning my own business. At the time, I didn't know what kind of business I wanted or why I was having the vision in the first place. As a teenager, I developed a passion for choosing unique and coordinating accessories to go with my outfits. I would save my lunch money for the whole week just to be able to purchase handbags and other accessories. In my early twenties, I learned how to sew and started making my own clothes and self-taught accessories to match my wardrobe. I was a stay-at-home mother when I started selling my collections of Tote Bags, Hats and Jewelry at craft fairs. I developed and taught handcraft workshops for organizations including the NYC Public Library, Senior Centers, and specialty organizations. My creations won the Blue Ribbon at the Craft Fair in Plainfield, NJ and I have been featured in the Sacred Hands Exhibit at the Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Although I have a passion for creativity, I also pursued my education and earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Westwood College. I have held Corporate Administration positions working in the Accounting and Marketing Departments and as a Manager of Retail Merchandising.