Total loan: $8,000
Denver, CO, United States / Services
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When I first moved to Denver a few years ago I experienced a surge of nostalgia of my childhood memories at Grandma Jane’s farm. My Grandmother lives in the same house she was born, on a small farm in South Carolina. While growing up in Raleigh, NC our family traveled to the farm several times a year to visit. Those idyllic memories comfort me in times of transition and unknowns. While studying at college my curiosity flourished - I studied abroad in France, switched majors a few times, and even transferred schools. While at North Carolina State University I decided to settle into the art of problem solving - Applied Mathematics with minors in French and Agroecology. Agroecology captivated me and helped me develop my long term goal of becoming a farmer. After working as a data analyst in healthcare for two years I moved to Denver, Colorado to develop myself and explore new opportunities. Within six months of moving here I launched Compost Colorado, or CoCo, a compost collection and sustainable delivery service. Despite Colorado’s fully bloomed outdoor culture, much of the culture for environmental sustainability has just begun to bud. I founded CoCo to be a catalyst for this sustainability culture - composting is one of the easiest most effective ways to fight climate change and is a gateway to more sustainable lifestyle choices. Now with over 300 members, dozens of commercial clients, and eight employees we are on our way to make the circular economy a reality and composting mainstream in Colorado. There’s an old landfill that neighbors my grandmother's farm that has started leaking toxins into the watershed, which poses hurdles to my dream of farming. By fighting for a more zero-waste society, we are helping curb more landfill production, protecting natural habitats for future farmers.