Total loan: $8,500


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Oakland, CA, United States / Retail

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Gianna's story

Hello! We are Gianna and Cortney and we own "Meraki Gianni"! Here you can see our story: Gianna, born and raised in Berkeley, CA. She has been working since the age of 13. Growing up, she watched her mother support and take care of her and her twin sister alone, which then instilled strength and independence in her. Religion and work ethic was also heavily impressed upon Gianna by her grandfather. This has helped shape and build the ambition she's grown and carried over into the drive to build her own empire. After graduating high school, she decided to leave the nest and head off to college. She spent 2 years at Santa Barbara Community College when she made the decision to move back home and landed an internship at KMEL. A year later she started creating Meraki 2017. Cortney, originally from Carson, CA. She has been the role model in her family since preschool. Although she was the youngest of 3 older siblings, somehow she leads the pack. Growing up in her grandparent's military household, hard work, loyalty, and respect were drilled into her soul. While learning from all the mistakes she saw in her immediate family, she strived to never go down the paths she saw them take. Cortney was the first to graduate high school and continue on to college, where she got a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Communications from the Academy of Art University. During her last year at AAU, she began her entrepreneurship as a self-taught videographer/ editor. This then landed her a role as the lead videographer/ editor and co-owner of Beast Mode Productions, which later turned into the role of a self-taught business manager for Marshawn Lynch. Together we're ready to pursue the next step, our business. We're ready to launch a successful apparel brand. Please, join us!