Total loan: $7,500


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Washington, DC, United States / Food

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Melanie's story

The women in my family have cooking hands. And they raised me to have the same. Growing up in a disadvantaged black neighborhood, I have seen first hand how a terrible diet can end someone’s life. And I knew early on that I could not allow that someone to be me. I have always been passionate about food. Where it comes from. How it tastes. How nutritious it is. The same passion that was passed down to me through stories as we cooked “soul food” at my grandmother's house on Sunday nights became my drive. A drive that led me to want to organize those same recipes that, sadly, are killing us as black people. The same recipes that took my grandmother's leg and my big daddy's foot. This is a part of our history. And we deserve it death free. Sunflower Gardenz LLC is a Vegan Bakery/Cafe that is here to heal the people. One vegan pound cake at a time.