Total loan: $10,000
Oakland, CA, United States / Services
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A loan helped make our space ADA compliant as well as offer space for non-profit events and offset prices for low-income members.
I was born and raised outside of Chicago to a college professor and a funeral home director. As the youngest of four children and two parents who were still actively trying to advance their careers, I had a unique perspective of what hard work gets you. It also taught me that just because you work hard does not guarantee success. When I was in preschool, my father was laid off from his finance job. Watching my parents manage finances while my dad switched careers is something that always stuck with me and made me want to be two steps ahead of any potential downfall. At a young age, I had an entrepreneurial spirit. My mom loves to tell the story of how I used to sell candy and gel pens in elementary school. She called me a hustler; I felt I was leveraging supply and demand. This trait never really left me as I continued to find ways to bring in an income even in college where I would host parties to pay rent or provide airport rides before ride-sharing existed. I opened homiey because I was at a point in my life where my career could go anywhere, but I wanted to do something that would help others. The Fruitvale district is located in East Oakland and is one of the last ungentrified neighborhoods. I aim to create a space where black and brown entrepreneurs can work and showcase their talents.