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George is the proud owner of Cal State Vape. George was raised in Gardena by a single mother. When George was 17, he dropped out of school and starting running with the wrong crowd. He began using drugs and things went downhill from there. It was only by luck that he did not end up in jail. Finally hitting rock bottom at the age of 34, he sought help at the Salvation Army. He is now 46 and has been a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous ever since.

George came to a point in his life where he felt something was missing. He then decided to try to start his own business. George was a pack a day smoker since he was 13 years old. He tried everything to quit, including the patch, nicotine gum and Chantix. Nothing worked. One day, a friend of his showed him his new Vape Pen and told him how it had helped with quitting smoking when nothing else had worked. Shortly thereafter, he quit smoking and has been Vaping ever since. George realized that being able to help people quit smoking the way it had helped him quit smoking would not only help with supporting his family but could help other people quit smoking and potentially save lives.

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This loan is part of the Kiva City Los Angeles initiative in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Small Business and VEDC (Valley Economic Development Center). Kiva City Los Angeles is a subset of Kiva City, a program that allows Kiva lenders to make microloans to small businesses in the United States with the help of community organizations and U.S. Field Partners.  

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Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC) is a non-profit community development financial institution and the largest provider of loans for small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs in the Greater Los Angeles area. In addition to loans, it offers extensive training opportunities, workshops, consulting and small business support services.


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