Total loan: $7,500
Milwaukee, WI, United States / Services
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A loan helped me to market and sell local cheese and agricultural products in export markets.
Growing up in rural Wisconsin, dairy farming was the way of life for many of the people I knew, and cheese was the product of statewide pride. After graduating college, I lived abroad in Japan for eight years and often longed for a taste of home, but good cheese was hard to come by. So I determined to return to Wisconsin and start a business exporting cheese to Japan, and I did precisely that. Over the past eleven years I have expanded sales of Wisconsin cheese across Asia and added other types of products as well. At a time when dairy farmers are struggling more than ever due to trade wars and Covid-19, I am proud to be able to continue bringing in orders which help support the local economy and local farming communities.