Total loan: $15,000
Bentonville, AR, United States / Retail
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A loan helped a woman open a natural food refillery in her community.
I have always loved feeding people. My father was an Air Force pilot and his job whisked our family of five to new homes across the world every couple of years. I took in many incredible sights, sounds, and of course tastes, having spent much time across Asia and Europe. When I moved back stateside to study art at the University of California, Santa Barbara and I could sense that a part of a my calling would be related to food in some way. Selling at the farmer’s markets, catering, cooking for friends and family.. it has all been a constant creative outlet in life. Today as a wife and mother of three little ones, I feel all the more impassioned that the elements we put in, on, and around our bodies are all the more important. The sweet ritual of enjoying meals with loved ones connects us in indelible ways. Food can be medicine, balm, adventure, a forger of friendships! It’s been two years since we moved to Northwest Arkansas (population 500,000) from the San Francisco Bay Area and we’re still reeling with happy wonder at all the naturally grown bounty in this region. The vision of opening an organic bulk home goods store began just as we were settling in. A dear friend recently partnered with me to offer even more inspiration and a perfect physical footprint to begin. I am so happy to be leading a small business that melds my love of creating community, the slow food movement, and healthy heritages. I desire these things for my own children and had a notion that many in our neighborhood were quietly craving something similar; ready for a lifestyle shop that would help their own families live more conveniently in line with some of those same values.