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Total loan: $5,000

Ryan

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Portland, OR, United States / Food

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A loan helped upgrade our equipment and grow our small business.


Ryan's story

They called me a “Third Culture Kid” when I first came to Portland, OR for undergrad in 2013. Meaning someone who grew up in a country other than the one they hold citizenship, the majority of my life was spent in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya/Kinshasa, DRC/Maputo, Mozambique) as an American citizen. Living with a fractured sense of home, what connected the many places I lived were music and food. Although neither are physical places like the cities and towns many people call home, I found community in the music and food I could share. Portland was an introduction to veganism and as a result plant-based baking. What started as a passion project during the COVID-19 lockdown, in the midst of a remote work experience. Has become a business in operation a little over nine months, primarily as a booth at a local farmers market. With a combination of sales from the farmer's market and wholesale, I contribute a lot of our success to returning customers. Taking input from those same customers and expanding the menu to include a gluten-free option and multiple variations on plant-based cinnamon rolls have gotten the company to where it is today. Encouraged by the company's progress in the past nine months I would like to continue making plant-based baked goods. Keeping the focus on cinnamon but introducing other products outside of the variety of cinnamon rolls I currently serve. Supported by a community that is only increasing with revelations of the climate burden animal products place on the globe, and more recently the industries contribution to the spread of infectious disease. Cinnamon Soul provides customers the opportunity to decrease the demand on those industries by purchasing plant-based baked goods instead of their dairy-based alternatives.