Total loan: $4,500


Pittsburgh, PA, United States / Retail

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A loan helped me purchase inventory and items needed to kickstart my herb shop.

Denise's story

I grew up in Pittsburgh, and spent most of my young life living on the North Side. At an early age I was drawn to the many "weird" ways that my grandmother would help to cure a cold, or soothe a sick person when they fell ill. My mother too had the seemingly magical ability to know just by looking at my eyes or at my tongue if I was sick or not. Grandmother had a cupboard full of "home remedies". Some worked, some didn't. Throughout my life, I kept several of the remedies recipes to use for myself. It wasn't until I became an adult with a child of my own that I decided to hone the skills that had been graciously passed down to me. My son was six years old when he came down with a terribly high fever accompanied by a large rash on his back. His pediatrician told me that my son had Scarlet Fever. I was shocked! That seemed like an outdated aliment and I was certain that mainstream medicine would rescue my precious child from his misery. I was wrong. After he was prescribed a second round of antibiotics, I went to the local health food store in my neighborhood in New York city where I lived at the time, desperate to find something to help my child. Distressed, I explained my son's symptoms to the nice lady stocking the shelves. We must have talked right there in the aisle for over an hour. When I left I had two simple ingredients. Two! I went home and treated my child with them. Over the course of the next few days I saw my son improve more and more. I was so happy to see him come back to being himself. It was then in that moment I knew I was fulfilling a legacy that I had been given to me by my mother and her mother. Since that day twenty years ago, I have dedicated my life to understanding and cultivating herbs. I am now a certified herbalist with hundreds of hours of herbal training both formal and non formal. I would like to grow, dry, and distribute herbs and herbal formulas online and around the city, vending at local events. The mission is to empower folks to help themselves when they can, just like I was empowered to do so long ago.