Total loan: $5,000


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Lufkin, TX, United States / Retail

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Kyron's story

I'm an 18-year-old entrepreneur doing what I love, which is designing clothing! I started "Shade'n Envy" my freshman year in high school not knowing much about how to start a brand from scratch. I started with only $180 which allowed me to purchase 20 shirts. Those shirts sold within one week! I had the best feeling when the shirts sold out because I didn't think people would support me from the start. Seeing all the support from family and friends pushed me to go harder. You may ask, "What does 'Shade'n Envy' mean?" Well, Shade'n Envy simply means to block out jealousy and to spread more positivity. Teen shootings are increasing daily simply because someone is jealous of another person's accomplishments, so I created Shade'n Envy to get people to push back on being envious of another person's accomplishments. I grew up in a family that always planted seeds about being a business owner through their speech and actions. They emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship. I can say they are the ones that really pushed me to get where I am today! I'm really proud of myself because starting this business pushed me to get out of my comfort zone to talk more and meet new people. I plan on "Shade'n Envy" being a worldwide brand that makes a positive change in our world today!