A loan of $5,000 helps our women-owned apparel brand buy new inventory to grow our online activewear business.


Lydia's story

I am a Chicago-born fashion designer and entrepreneur; I began sewing lessons at seven in my grandmother’s kitchen on the Southside of the city. My grandmother was a self-taught seamstress, my mother was one of the very few women in the City of Chicago to own her own construction company and worked to unionize the black foreman and laborers at Mccormick place in the 90s. My life was filled with fashion and hard-working women. I learned to appreciate the value of building something of your own to help those around us. My mother saw the value in education and property and made sure all four of her children knew how to build something we could be proud of.

Before my life, as a mom began I was taking full-time classes at Columbia College as a Fashion Design major. My goal was to launch my own self-produced fashion business when I graduated. My father is a self-taught fine artist who has been the reason for my creative genius.

I started as a retail associate during my time at college and over 10 years worked to become one of the few black women department store managers at my previous company. I worked alongside company department heads, brand buyers, merchandisers, and anyone who would allow me to learn as much as they were willing to teach me. I knew I was ready to build my space in the fashion industry.

6 years since launching Lydia Endora, my skills as a mother, buyer & founder have propelled my brand to gain recognition with the following media outlets: Self Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Buzzfeed. We are a contemporary activewear and clothing brand for women who want to be comfortable and feel beautiful in their style.


This loan is special because:

It supports a Black female entrepreneur in expanding their business.

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About Lydia Endora

Industry: Clothing
Years in operation: More than 5 years
Website: lydiaendora.com

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Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

Loan details



Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.