Total loan: $15,000


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New York, NY, United States / Retail

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A loan helped this Harlem based woman-owned natural skincare business overcome the challenges posed by COVID19.

Ramona's story

During chemotherapy in 2007, my skin became dry & inflamed. Since certain smells also worsened my nausea during cancer treatment, I decided to craft my own shea products. Once in remission, I let my creativity flow & began exploring fun scent combinations. One such combination, Mango Coconut, attracted the nose of a stranger in the elevator of a New York skyscraper. Dismayed to learn that it was unavailable, she declared, “You should sell it!” That stranger’s sentiment echoed words that I had heard from my family & friends during the business development phase. After successful market tests, a skincare social enterprise was launched.