Total loan: $1,150


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Palo Alto, CA, United States / Food

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A loan helped me to obtain business credentials, to secure a commercial kitchen space, to buy ingredients, and to bring delicious organic salads to Silicon Valley/Bay Area.

Kimberly's story

I grew up in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, California. Certified as a human service from Cornell University in 2012. Growing up in 2 cities in close proximity was fun and personable. Everyone knows everyone. The fact that I know so many members of the community has had an impact on my wanting to serve the community and bring a healthy organic food business to the community, to promote health and add a different food choice far from the competition of fast food restaurants. Doing things I love like working in the food industry, going on vacations, and helping others in my spare time. I remember working at a fast food restaurant, overworked and underpaid. I was the only English speaker there. I endured harsh treatment, by management and co-workers. I learned everything I could on how to run a Salad Bar, Food Life, and Food Shelf Life. I told myself that I would take the pain I felt while working in that hostile environment and turn it into a strength. I told myself that I would create a business similar to the one that dogged me. My food would be better, and I would value my workers. It was that horrible job and treatment that created an entrepreneurial spirit in me. While I discovered a few bad experiences it motivated me to become a better boss and entrepreneur that will treat my future employees better. Today, I am ready to hit the ground running, and am now continuing to educate myself by taking business classes that help entrepreneurs to start and run a successful small business. My dreams for the future is to have a residual income that allows me to fully take care of my children and myself.