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Total loan: $8,000

Firdaws

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Mandeville, LA, United States / Food

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Firdaws's story

I run the day-to-day operations with my business partner Vondero at Fresh Hibiscus Tea. We are both food enthusiasts and enjoy creating recipes that we can share with others. I grew up drinking hibiscus tea from my birth country in Nigeria, where I learned how to perfect the hibiscus flower to achieve a refreshing flavor. Vondero grew up in Louisiana helping his grandmother grow her non-profit organization that cares for the elderly and also growing other Louisiana food brands to becoming very successful. After researching the benefits of hibiscus tea and realizing that grocery stores were not caring for authentic cultural beverages that were high in antioxidants. I decided to launch Fresh Hibiscus tea in 2017. I started making tea in my apartment kitchen selling to family and friends and then later selling at farmers' markets where the interest grew tremendously. The demand was so high that I had to move to a commercial kitchen to continue making my teas. It was during one of my production runs that I met Vondero assisting other food brands. He shared his vision to help local food brands, assisted Fresh Hibiscus Tea in various ways, and is now in charge of handling our production. We're very proud to have given back to our tea drinkers and our community. Each year we donate a portion of our sales to local food pantries, which serve only fresh produce to communities in need. We are grateful for the amount of support we have received since we started and we look forward to many more years of supporting our community.