Total loan: $4,925


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New York, NY, United States / Services

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Jamel's story

I grew up in Chicago, Illinois, in a small neighborhood called Hyde Park. A community full of Artist, Professionals, Small Business owners and immigrants. As someone who was a “Creative at young age, this setting was a huge influence of who I would become today. I would often visit a local shoe store in the community owned by a Man named Bruce. He was an African-American entrepreneur and Mentor, who taught me the importance of owning your own business. I come from a hard working family. My parents were very supportive, and often encouraged me to explore my creative abilities, and often enrolled me in local art classes, where I could expand my talent. After college I worked many years as an Optician learning the ins and outs of the optical industry. Later in life I migrated to Harlem to pursue my dream of becoming an Eyewear Designer. I chose Harlem because it was a reflection of where I grew up. A community of diversity, beautiful people, history, art, and energy. My dream is to open an “Optique”, here in Harlem that is full of full & eclectic eyewear that can accommodate any lens prescription. Another destination where the people of Harlem can call home.