Total loan: $7,500


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Huntington Beach, CA, United States / Food

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A loan helped a healthy dessert company purchase necessary inventory to deliver its four flavors of panna cotta.

Karine's story

My story begins at the University of Pacific in 1997. I was one of the few students to graduate at the young age of 21 with a pharmacy doctorate. I spent my entire career in the hospital, working side by side with physicians, dieticians, and nurses. As the incidence of diabetes continued to rise, we saw more patients with diabetic-related complications and cardiovascular death. One day, I was providing discharge counseling on insulin use and diet to a patient. After 30 minutes, he admitted that he would not follow my recommendations because “all that stuff tastes bad.” I hated to admit it, but he was right. However, I could not say that. At the same time, I didn't want to see him return to the hospital and have his other foot amputated, another diabetic-related complication. In the back of my mind, I knew the answer was to find delicious, sweet-tasting food that would not exacerbate diabetes and be affordable and available to all consumers.