Total loan: $5,000
Chattanooga, TN, United States / Food
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A loan helped Cocoa Asante purchase equipment and inventory as well as pay for marketing and branding resources to develop our chocolate brand.
As immigrants from Ghana, my parents and I came to the United States for one thing: the opportunity to pursue higher education and the chance to have a better life. From the time I was a child, I have been working to fulfill this dream, both for my parents as well as myself. It all began in my early years as I worked with my mom selling homemade bread. As a pre-teen I started my own hair care service catering to natural hair. And then later on as a teenager I founded my own photography company, helping to capture life's important moments. Now as a young adult, Cocoa Asante has become my passion. I guess you can say that entrepreneurship is in my DNA. For me, my company is not just about selling chocolate. In a way, it represents who I am at my core. It was founded on principles such as integrity, excellence and authenticity, and it is my way of bringing something good into the world. When I dream of the future of Cocoa Asante, I get excited! I see an international company that works to better the communities it operates in; from the farms that grow its cocoa, to the towns that house its manufacturing plants to the cities that sell its truffles. Not only will we sell regular truffles but we will also sell vegan ones for those who cannot consume dairy. Although I am not there yet, I grow closer to my dream every day. I am perfecting my truffles and I plan on traveling back home to gain a better understanding of the cocoa industry. KIVA can help me achieve these goals.