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A loan of $5,000 helped to purchase inventory and open a retail location.

Susan's story

Susan started Rad Rags in 1989, providing custom tie-dyed clothing. She has been operating the business out of her home, located in the San Joaquin Valley of California. She has the clothes manufactured in California-based factories and custom dyes them individually by hand in unique colors and designs. She sells her products at festivals and events, as well as through her online store (

Susan is the sole caregiver to her aging mother. This has limited her ability to travel to events to showcase her inventory. This has negatively impacted sales.

This loan will aid Susan in the process of moving her business to a small location in Turlock, California, near several professional and healthcare businesses. The new location will allow her to showcase her inventory and spend more time with her mother.

More recently, the business has started to offer custom tie-dyed scrubs for medical professionals. Susan has generated a lot of interest from healthcare professionals looking for something different.

Susan received business planning assistance from her local Small Business Development Center. She was referred to Fresno CDFI because banks in her area are not interested in lending such small amounts.

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