A loan of $3,000 helped acquire healthy inventory and pay permit fees for Manifesto Cafe in the Skid Row of L.A.

Hassan's story

As a native of Los Angeles I've always been fascinated with the relationship between urban spaces and community. My favorite Sunday routine was to crisscross across the city by car, bike, train or foot and discover new businesses, neighborhoods and community centers along the way. After working in the nonprofit sector for seven years teaching financial literacy and helping aspiring entrepreneurs I decided to make the leap into mission-driven, entrepreneurship.

I, along with my two business partners, had aspirations of launching a business that brought social impact to an under-served area. We live in Downtown LA, just a short walk from Skid Row. We were familiar with the devastation in the area but also saw great opportunity. Skid Row just made sense.

As foodies, health nuts and entrepreneurs we felt we could design a business to help alleviate food insecurity and create jobs in Skid Row by opening up a cafe and farmers market in that community. Our goal is to bring affordable, healthy foods and a jobs skills program that will transform the community and create a "new" Skid Row.

Loan details

About Manifesto Cafe

Industry: Food
Years in operation: New Business
Website: manifestocafela.com


Lenders and lending teams

Loan details