Total loan: $4,500


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Reading, PA, United States / Food

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A loan helped our women and Latina owned bakery expand into a permanent structure to support our community.

Ariana's story

For me, baking has always been more than just ingredients it is how memories are created. I can remember watching my grandmother bake her delicious carrot cake as I sat on the counter and licked the spoon clean of whatever frosting remained. Or getting to mix in chocolate chips in my mother's cookie dough as she pretended not to see me sneak a couple into my mouth. Creating those moments with the people I loved fueled a passion inside of me that never really went away. When I graduated high school, I chose to major in law as helping people has always been important to me. However, when I began my first corporate job, I could not help but feel unfulfilled. Later that year, I went back home for winter break. When I arrived and saw my grandmother and mother baking and laughing in the kitchen, I instantly knew what I was missing, my passion for baking, and creating memories. I decided then, and there I would start my bakery! I traveled from New York to Paris and learned from the best. When I returned home, I realized my little town was missing desserts as beautiful and tasty as those found in the patisseries of Paris. With my newly learned skills in hand, we started Le Petit Macaron Shoppe and through the support of the community have outgrown our little macaron cart. Due to the support of our community, we do fundraising events throughout the year to support our local universities and hospitals. All of our ingredients are locally sourced to give back to those that have given us so much. We hope to give back in larger ways as our business continues to evolve.