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Trinidad and Tobago resident Dekeisha has a job that most would not find too creative: She has been a Senior Legal Assistant in New York City for almost ten years. However, she has always had a creative and unusual sense of style, and when she woke up one day and realized that it was time to start working towards her dream of becoming her own boss, she relied on her knack for creative design.

In 2012, Dekeisha established OseiLei, a kitchenware and home goods company that features products that have a more creative, unique, and unconventional design than traditional cookware items.

“I have eccentric taste, and I felt that many people, including myself, were lacking cool, never-seen-before, and affordable household gadgets. Therefore, I decided it was time to create something durable, affordable, and chic for consumers to use in their kitchens.”

For Dekeisha, who is married and has a daughter, her highest priority is to have a happy and healthy family, and having a profitable, successful business is one way to ensure that. With this loan, Dekeisha will build prototypes for her kitchenware designs. With these prototypes, she will be able to showcase her creations at tradeshows and attract investors and market her products for future manufacturing.

Dekeisha hopes that her story will inspire others to live their dreams by showing them that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.

Help her support her family and move closer to her dream.


About United States

  • $54,800
    Average annual income
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  • $12,982,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $5,375 helped Dekeisha to build a prototype for her kitchenware designs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
25 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 26, 2013
Dec 19, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2015