Some people find their calling at a young age. There is an influence, interaction or experience that grabs hold of their curiosity and transforms it into a passion. Such is the case for Shonali. Growing up assisting her mother in the kitchen, the combination of smells and tastes emanating from pots and pans inspired her then, and to this day, to discover how to replicate, improve and create concoctions of her own.
Valuing quality time with friends and family, Shonali has always looked for any excuse to host people. Seeing others take delight in her food has always brought her a lot of joy, and was what ultimately inspired her to start her own business. Beginning with a cookbook, she soon started conducting private cooking classes and eventually created her own line of spice blends, infused oils, and sauces. She ran into many obstacles in trying to get her business off the ground. She shares, “I did not even know where to go to figure out where to go.” Despite this, her persistence and passion for food has brought her to a point where she is ready to distribute her spices to larger grocery stores in the area.
Shonali’s Kiva loan will allow her to receive the proper health and wholesale certifications and to hire a part-time employee to assist her with in-store tastings and other outreach avenues. She is hoping that the community she has always valued and tried to support will do the same for her.