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Total loan: $15,000

Quanisha

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San Francisco, CA, United States / Food

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A loan helped Yes Pudding open their first permanent location inside San Francisco's historic Ferry Building.


Quanisha's story

My grandmother raised me. In fact, she raised a lot of her grandchildren. I was the only one she legally adopted. I always called myself her 8th child. She couldn't walk very well so I found myself in the kitchen a lot as a teenager. She would say “Gurl, you can cook”. I enjoyed cooking. So much so I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for my entire family at my grandmother's house over 15 years ago. And that is where I made my first Banana Pudding. I pursued a major in Social Work in college. That is what I was going to be; a social worker. If someone would have told me I’d graduated from Culinary School and worked in the food & hospitality industry for the past 12 years I would have never believed it. Life took a turn and in return, I found the greatest gift; finding another passion. For more than a decade I made Banana Pudding for my family and friends. Banana Pudding is one of those dishes you don’t buy from the grocery store. Usually, there’s one particular person who makes it. I became that person. I never set out to be an entrepreneur. I was comfortable with my 9-5. But when I realized I was sacrificing my present happiness for my retirement I quit my “good” city job. I was going to focus solely on Yes Pudding. Three weeks later the pandemic hit. I often go back and read my resignation letter to keep me motivated and confirm I made the right decision. Even with everything that happened these past challenging years; I’d still choose myself thousand times over.