A loan of $5,000 helped purchase the equipment I need to make my soaps in larger quantity in a shorter amount of time so that I can move toward gaining a larger retail client base.

Julianne's story

My family and I have lived in the heart of the Silicon Valley for about thirteen years. We are not tech people. I have watched people's eyes glaze over at parties as I try to tell them my elevator pitch. It doesn’t include a position with Google or Facebook and, until now, has not had a particularly interesting punchline. In 2010 that all changed.

On the last day of classes for my college composition teaching certificate, my colleagues asked me, "What are you going to do now that you're finished?" I paused and thought for a second then said, "I think I'm going to get a goat."

They all laughed, knowing I had a dry sense of humor, then prompted me to give a serious answer. I searched my head and my heart then repeated, "No, really, I'm going to get a goat." I had no idea what I was going to do with a goat (I've never owned anything more serious than a few chickens), or how far reaching the changes would be for me and my family when I did. It just felt, in that moment, that getting a goat was what I needed to do.

Four years later I now have six goats, with three pregnant and due to kid in early March. My goats have led me and my family on an adventure of responsibility and wonder, new avenues and new friends. Getting a goat was definitely not the logical step for me. But while I adore logic, it is not the fuel that drives me. I more like to feel my way through life and enjoy the many surprises that this approach to living can bring.

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About Faerie Goatmother

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: 3 years - 5 years
Website: faeriegoatmother.com


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