A loan of $1,000 helped us catch up and ensure both fulfillment and growth in the coming months.


Rachel's story

Starting a small business and then bootstrapping with your extra cash at the end of the month is one thing if you live above the poverty line and actually have ANY AMOUNT of discretionary income in your budget. It’s another thing entirely when a disability prevents you from finding, (or keeping,) conventional gainful employment, yet somehow still empowers you with the ambition to rise above and claw your way out of poverty. Not to impugn anyone’s experiences, by any means. Starting a small business and working for oneself is a monumental task for anyone.
Our experiences, however, have been the latter.
I’m not telling you this for sympathy or to make excuses. On the contrary. But, this IS our story. This is how we got to where we are. Childhood traumas. Repeated homelessness. Autism. Severe mental illness. Financial struggles. From not being able to scrape together $10. From not eating for days at a time. To constantly having to worry about if we are going to make enough to keep a roof over our heads, and to finally being able to mostly support ourselves with our work from home businesses. We are almost there and we are growing. We are so thankful for everyone and everything that’s been a part of our journey, good and bad, setbacks and triumphs, struggles and successes, support and discouragement. Because without every single part of it we would not be here today and we would not be able to bring the same things to the table.
We are all shaped by our experiences. It’s what we do with them and the choices that we make in spite of them that make us who we are.


This loan is special because:

It empowers a female entrepreneur meet the demands for her cruelty-free make-up products.



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About Belladonnas Cupboard LLC

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years
Website: belladonnascupboard.com

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