A loan of $5,000 helped purchase the necessities of a van for transportation, kitchen use, food permits, and catering supplies to launch my Native American foods catering business.

Crystal's story

I am a member of the Kickapoo tribe (Oklahoma) and grew up in Oakland, California in the urban Native American community. My family was very involved in Native American human rights and I got to be around so many Native people from different reservations. I saw how they cooked all kinds of foods and know what brought us together as Native people. I loved it! My grandmother and aunts always made me stay in the kitchen or Indian house to learn our traditional foods to pass it on to my children. My love for Native food therefore began as a young child. Today, I feel so happy knowing the gifts that I was given from my ancestors and would like every Native American to be proud and every non-Native American to enjoy our food from this earth. I have always dreamed of a Native American restaurant and wondered why there are not any. I have started to cater in the Native community and received positive response. Then I successfully completed the Bread Project program and now am in the LaCocina food entrepreneurship program. My dream is to make my Native community and my family and children proud by being the first Native American woman entrepreneur to have a restaurant in the SF bay area.

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About Wahpepah's Kitchen

Industry: Food
Years in operation: New Business

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