Total loan: $3,500


Lopez Island, WA, United States / Arts

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A loan helped to fund necessary equipment purchases, higher quality wax and scent supplies, space rental and partnership with local ceramics and glass artists, enabling me to reach a greater customer base and create truly unique items for my candle business.

Kerry's story

Self-employment is a family legacy. My Russian grandfather owned a toy store in San Francisco, his parents owned a 24 hour grocery in Point Richmond in during WWII. My father's parents ownded a contracting business and outdoor furniture store in Palo Alto. My father is his own boss in the energy industry. My cousin Josh owns and operates Setsunai noodle bar. Our aunt Barbara owns The Cotton Patch, a multi-faceted country crafts business. I'm happiest, too, when working independently. I was a Pilates studio owner and freelance instructor for many years. I'm also a single parent and appreciate the opportunity to make my own decisions and move independently through life. My dream is to own a successful business that positively impacts my community. A few years ago I ran a Lebanese street food stall at the Lopez Island Saturday market. I had a hankering for falafel and hummus, so I created my own from authentic recipes and went into business for the summer season at our farmers' market. I did everything from set up to tear down each week to managing finances and cooking and serving the food. It was a ton of work and I learned concepts around time vs. money, supply management and budgeting, pricing and customer service. All attempts were made to minimize waste and to serve organic ingredients. BlueSnake Candle Co. seeks to become as sustainable and ecoconscious as possible while offering a polished product. I wish to spread bio-awareness through sourcing ethically and donating proceeds, positively impacting the environment and endangered and threatened species.