Total loan: $7,000


Pittsburgh, PA, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped us purchase a greenhouse, packaging shed, and other operation equipment and materials.

Raynise's story

We are sisters born in the City of Pittsburgh and raised in the neighborhood of Beltzhoover, we have spent more than the majority of our lives in that area. Growing up we didn't need to leave our community for much it was full of life. We went to school there, families lived close by and there were social activities for everyone around. From the time we got up for school until our curfew we were together and nurtured by our family and community to love and care for one another. People got together throughout the year for holidays , friends gathered at recreational centers, and we all came out to enjoy the weather and celebrations of community day! In each of those spaces, at all of those events we were brought together with food, laughter and cheer. Today, Beltzhoover may not look exactly the same but many of us know that it is exactly what is in the heart of our community, and we want to remind people of the neighborhood and surrounding areas that it is still there. One of the things we enjoyed most as children is being outside - we walked the trails of McKinley Park for hours, and that was after a morning of weeding in the garden with our grandmother. At that age you're just surrounded by a bunch of green stuff everywhere and we couldn't tell what anything was unless it was visibly ready to be harvested. We ultimately never parted from that desire to be outdoors. Our adult life has began to lead us back into that direction and here we are years later one sister a horticulturist and the other sister a landscaper. It took time to connect the relevance of our memories and desires to be outdoors and that's beginning to be fulfilled but the longing for and feel of community in our neighborhood was missing. We want to be a part of bringing that back to everyone!