Total loan: $10,000


Baltimore, MD, United States / Food

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A loan helped With build-out and equipment for new love and health-based cafe.

Jacquelyn's story

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,” somehow I can still hear our voices in chorus with my grandmother on those Sunday mornings. We were so small, but we had big voices and a blind grandmother who showed us so much about love. I sprouted up amongst the concrete of East Baltimore. There wasn’t very much green grass, ‘cept the little throngs gathered between cracks of cement slabs. And yet, here I am. Growing up, our home was stocked full of family—some displaced, some addicted, some depressed, some worked and most didn’t. I saw a lot. Thank goodness for a praying grandmother who created the best stage to learn love and compassion. I was the kid figuring out how to make stuff in the kitchen. Face covered in flour, toes soaked in butter, ‘cause I was tryna’ cook something special for the fam. FYI, donuts don’t rise without yeast. My mother took her last breath the summer before I started high school. And seemingly, so did I. I didn’t fully breathe again until sophomore year of college, alone in my little apartment in Chicago. That was the first year I cried. And my first step towards healing. If you ask me who I am, I’ll tell you so many things. I’m B's wife, Journey’s mommy (insert smile), a bonus mother to Myles, more than a sister to Janae, I am a creative, a writer, I’m a lover, I’m a healer, I’m a friend—I am love, I am light. We all are. Just like we use to sing. My purpose in this world is to use foods, drinks, this cafe, and whatever else, to make sure we all remember that light and hopefully never forget.