Total loan: $6,500


Chicago, IL, United States / Education

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A loan helped purchase sewing machines, student workbooks, and gain working capital for my business.

Cherice's story

My sewing journey began as a little girl hand-making clothes for my Barbies. I would use scraps of fabric, paper towels, newspaper or whatever else I could find; much to my mom's frustration.  While in high I took sewing as an elective and discovered a new passion that set me on a career path in fashion. I entered design school right out of high school and excelled in my coursework. Regretfully, I had to drop out of college before my sophomore year and had to immediately find work to support myself. During my time out of school, I became a mom and worked many hours to support myself and my daughter. Having her gave me the motivation to go back to school and not give up on my dreams. I attended night school on a part-time basis for nine years, while still working full-time and being a mom. Over the course of those years, I got married and had three more children. I continued to move forward and earned my degree in Fashion Design. In my creative career, I've self-produced and sold a small collection; I've made custom prom dresses and tailored women's clothing. Today, I enjoy sharing my sewing expertise with others and teaching them how to sew. It's my hope to inspire the next generation of makers to love working with their hands, while gaining an appreciation for the process. It's my desire to offer full fashion sewing and design classes for the home sewist and to equip teens with the skills needed to enter into fashion design school. I also want to be a positive influence and uplift the image of my community by providing high-quality services as well as inspire hope for the future.