Total loan: $10,000


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Phoenix, AZ, United States / Retail

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Born in Burundi, raised in refugee Camps in Tanzania Africa, where life was very hard. I started my own business at just ten years of age. I would buy bananas from my family and sell it back to them and the community after turning them into banana beer. During that time, I was doing it because of the support I received from my dad, him too was an entrepreneur for many years I moved to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 18. I knew little English so I went to an Adult Learning Center and later I attended Phoenix Job Corps Center where I earned my Office Administration Certification and High School Diploma. For higher education, I attended Gateway Community College for which I earned my Associates in Business and Business Administration. I then met my future wife Rebekah Bideri and she too had entrepreneurial spirit. She was born and raised in Phoenix and she would get involved in here own businesses such as Avon, Legal Shield, Volunteer Work, Notarizing, and more. Our first kickstart was when we got invited to Rasta Festival event where we showcased our products. We were motivated to continue and grow so we sold our products in outdoor Swapmeets. Because of the weather we decided to find an Indoor Swapmeet. We are inside of Phoenix Marketplace which we sell and provide Africa Heritage and Health & Beauty natural products. We had expanded many times in business, and now we are raising two beautiful daughters K-Lynn and Desiree. Our goal is to continue to further provide and promote African culture by providing quality Africa Heritage products, and make our own products, expanding locally and further Internationally to further help people to get quality products on their health and Beauty needs and keep promoting African culture.