Total loan: $6,000
Rosemount, MN, United States / Food
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A loan helped rebrand package design, increase production rate, invest in digital marketing and expand into more food co-ops throughout the Midwest.
I started life with very humble beginnings. I was born in Vietnam and at age six, my family moved to the United States with barely a few hundred dollars. My parents worked multiple low paying jobs to afford us everything my brother and I needed. My mom is a natural born leader and entrepreneur, but because of the lack of opportunity and privileges, she was never able to build the business of her dreams~ a restaurant of her own. Instead, she had to work labor-intensive jobs that provided a consistent income. For most of my childhood, my dad worked as a fryer at restaurants and would come home with oil blisters all over his arms every night. I made a promise to myself early on that I would do whatever it took to live out my dreams because that was never something my parents could do. I would not take my privileges and opportunities for granted. This made me realize at a young age how important it is to work hard and stay grateful. Starting at age 14, I worked many part-time jobs. I was a hostess, cashier, daycare worker, camp counselor, yoga instructor, administrative assistant and beyond. I share this because, through adversity, I am still proud of my upbringing. It has led me to develop unshakeable work ethics that served me well throughout my adolescents and college days. It's led me to the dream business that I currently run. Today, I am a first-generation Magna Cum Laude college graduate with a Community Health Education degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and Founder & CEO of Coconut Whisk. I'm a proud immigrant and woman business owner who sees herself growing Coconut Whisk for many years to come while making a true social impact on our community and planet.