Total loan: $7,000


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Bronx, NY, United States / Arts

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A loan helped fund environmentally-conscious packaging, updated photographs, and wholesale website development with the goal of introducing my collection to retail stores and expanding my existing music box business.

Ola's story

I’m a creative mother of one living in the Bronx where I’ve spent the last few years learning how to be a parent and adjusting to life in the US. I’m also the sole operator of a small music box company. After having my daughter I slowed down operations to focus on her care, and last year I closed shop to focus on developing a greater understanding of my craft and educating myself on the building of a solid brand/business foundation. Although I’d been in business for a few years, it turns out I had quite a lot to learn, and I am so grateful to my teachers. I was raised by a single mom with an entrepreneurial spirit in Toronto, Canada among writers, musicians and courageous dreamers. We lived in a house with my extended family. Nostalgia likes to bring me back to sunny days watching my cousin play ball-hockey on the street out front, mud pies in the backyard with my little-sister, my great-grandmother humming to herself in the kitchen, and the click-clack of my mother’s typewriter down the hallway. Tender memory and music are united in my craft. My customers are people who, like me, value their connections with loved ones, adore nostalgia, and enjoy the evocative, ethereal qualities of old fashioned mechanical music boxes. They too occasionally long for simpler joys or a return to their own personal lost paradises. I know firsthand how it feels to be separated from family, beloved friends and other loved ones whether by geographical distance or by the more profound distance engendered by a loved one’s passing. This has led me towards creative work that I hope helps others to bridge those distances and connect with each other in a uniquely heartfelt way.