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Total loan: $6,000

Katoya

Detroit, MI, United States / Food

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A loan helped a women-owned business retrofit refrigeration and plumbing equipment in our desert truck.


Katoya's story

I was born and raised on the eastside of Detroit. Growing up in Detroit merchant based businesses in the community (grocery store, gas station, ice cream trucks, dollar stores) have been owned or operated by men. Ideally, these types of businesses play a major role as community anchors for the people in the community. I grew up without seeing black women in these positions of ownership and this created a desire in me to be the one who starts owning these types of businesses in my hometown. In 2012, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Amanda. My daughter is full of personality, love, and good energy that motivates me toward my dreams with full force. She is the little star on the ice cream truck full of smiles and enthusiasm to be an owner working in the family business learning along the way. Along my journey in 2014, I met my life and business partner Jasmine. When we came together our chemistry clicked and we both had goals to be entrepreneurs. As a kid, she worked on a family-owned ice cream truck with her father in Detroit. We came together and grew Junk Food and Friends from a dream into reality. In 2019, I graduated from Prosper Us business training program to learn business skills and receive technical assistance to grow our business.