Total loan: $8,500
Oakmont, PA, United States / Food
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A loan helped launch our Venezuelan restaurant by covering our start up costs.
My name is Leonardo and I am from Venezuela. Growing up in Venezuela gave me a unique outlook on life and set the path for my journey of self-discovery that I would have on my way to America in September 2017. When I first arrived here I thought I had to hide my heritage and culture, but as I progressed I realized I should adapt and integrate it into my new life, and what better way to do that than with food. I started cooking at a young age for fun, it was a hobby and as I got better I realized it could become my career. I trained to be a chef in Venezuela and worked hard for 4-5 years to get where I am today. Now I'm ready to share my passion for cooking and my culture with my new community, by opening up a fast-casual Venezuelan restaurant where I can sell authentic food, at a reasonable price, in a modern way.