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Growing up, Cindy’s parents taught her the value of hard work and ambition. Her parents raised her to know that she could do anything she put her mind to, and she dreamed of living many places and experiencing life to the fullest.

After she and her husband, Ves, married almost three years ago, they wanted to take their experience in the food industry and create their own unique business. Her husband’s Cambodian-American background gave them both a love for Southeast Asian food, in particular pho, or Vietnamese rice noodles. Their shared passion for food instilled in them a desire to provide quality service and experience, while contributing more to the community.

Although both Cindy and her husband loved the idea of opening a food truck, they decided to start small and opened a food tent instead. Just last week, Cindy and her husband launched their food tent, Pho Realz. With this business, they can set up shop at local farmers’ markets and share their love for pho.

In opening their own business, Cindy and her husband have faced some financial challenges, including finding the capital to start. Furthermore, she shared that their biggest struggle is getting the word out about their unique, local food tent. However, she enjoys the challenge and is committed to the long-term success of her business.

Cindy finds value and passion in partnering with the local community and giving back. She has already worked with a local artist to design their logo, and has a deep appreciation for a locally oriented, hospitable mindset. She hopes for the future that her business can continue to share a love of culture and give back to the community.

With your help, Cindy and her husband can pay for a vehicle to transport their food and tent supplies; also equipment and start-up food and licensing costs. Your contributions will directly enable Cindy and her husband to provide quality food at local farmers’ markets.

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  • $54,800
    Average annual income
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $6,500 helped Cindy to pay for a vehicle to transport their food and tent supplies; also equipment and start-up food and licensing costs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
39 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 23, 2013
May 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 21, 2014