A loan of $2,700 helped to participate in a business development and networking course.

Crystal's story

Crystal founded Detroit Brunch in November 2010 after noticing a growing demand amongst friends for quality vegan foods during her Sunday brunches. An entrepreneur at heart, Crystal saw an opportunity to start her business in order to create a vegan space for community members, embody sustainable business practices, and educate members of the Detroit community about the food system and benefits of healthy and locally grown foods.

Today, Detroit Brunch organizes a brunch one Sunday per month with food from local farmers purchased at Detroit’s Eastern Market, while Crystal continues to work at a Deli. Individuals place brunch orders online and pick up the food from a public spot in downtown Detroit. Crystal is energized by the support of her local community, with volunteers stepping forward to assist with development of marketing materials and other areas of her business.

Crystal hopes one day to expand Detroit Brunch through either a food truck or commercial kitchen in Detroit. With this loan from ACCION USA, Crystal will participate in a Fast-Trac business planning and one-on-one counseling program with Detroit’s Tech Town, fulfilling her desire to enhance community connections and refine her market strategy.

This loan has been made as a part of Kiva Detroit and in partnership with Michigan Corps and ACCION USA. Kiva Detroit is the first Kiva City, a program where Kiva works with community organizations and field partners in the United States to provide local small businesses with microloans. Michigan Corps is the first community organization to work with Kiva in Detroit, and conducts outreach through small business networks, churches, community foundations, and across many personal and social media networks. Learn more at kiva.org/detroit.

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