Total loan: $4,500


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Pelham, AL, United States / Retail

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A loan helped a kid’s footwear startup scale production for new retail customers.

Karen's story

My love of fashion is organic for me as my mom was hugely into fashion when I was growing up. It’s something that we bonded over. For me, it was always the shoes. I always had to have the perfect pair. As I got older, my love of footwear grew more and more. However, starting a shoe line was never in the plans. I’m not a stranger to e-commerce. I’ve owned two e-commerce businesses before Mini Soles. While I enjoyed being a business owner, I was never fulfilled. I’d always sketched designs as a hobby but never had the plans to turn any of them into a prototype. On a whim, I contacted a manufacturer to make one of my designs. I anxiously awaited for the finished product and when it arrived, I knew that I’d found my place. I instantly fell in love with the design process from start to finish. I absolutely loved seeing my designs come to life.