Total loan: $10,000


Fairfax, VA, United States / Education

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A loan helped enable SheEO Academy by expanding our partnership with Girl Scouts, boosting program advertising, and hiring 2-3 new instructors.

Deshawn's story

I am the daughter and granddaughter of educators and entrepreneurs. I worked in their classrooms and in their small, community businesses. As a little girl, I took it all in visually and emotionally. And all of that exposure and experience prepared me for this! However, I did not get formal tutelage from my family to pursue either path. And my light bulb went off in college when I started to realize that these were in my family DNA but was not the family MO. "Dreaming big" and "taking risks" was not spoken but "saving money" and "taking care of each other" was. Now I have a family of five and live in the Washington, DC area after growing up in Richmond, Virginia and attending college in Hampton, Virginia. I became a mother (of three girls - one who is now studying business in college) and realized that I need my girls to have the capacity to dream big, think strategically, and have the confidence to take risks while still understanding the importance of taking care of each other. What I can do for them has become my social enterprise that I can offer EVERY GIRL.