UPDATE: WE REACHED OUR GOAL DECEMBER 17TH! Thank you so much to everyone who supported us and shared!
Belladonna's Cupboard has been accepted for a 0% interest loan through Kiva. Kiva is the first and largest micro-lending service in the world. The funds from this loan will go towards helping us catch up and ensure both fulfillment and growth in the coming months. If we succeed in raising the funds for this loan, we will also be eligible for larger amounts from the Kiva network in the coming months. This is an incredible opportunity for us to gain access to funding that can fuel real growth since we don’t have access to traditional financing methods. Please lend whatever if you can (you will be paid back), if you can’t I understand, if you’d be willing to share with your friends or family to see if they could, I’d appreciate that too.
If you want to contribute to our KIVA loan, we still need $200 before we get the funds from the loan. The sooner the loan is fully funded, the sooner we can actually get caught up on everything after months of chaos. I'm really hoping it gets funded within the next few days so we can catch up before Christmas still. If you can't contribute to the loan right now, please share with your family and friends. Thank you!
Starting a small business and then bootstrapping with your extra cash at the end of the month is one thing if you live above the poverty line and actually have ANY AMOUNT of discretionary income in your budget. It’s another thing entirely when a disability prevents you from finding, (or keeping,) conventional gainful employment, yet somehow still empowers you with the ambition to rise above and claw your way out of poverty. Not to impugn anyone’s experiences, by any means. Starting a small business and working for oneself is a monumental task for anyone.
Our experiences, however, have been the latter.
I’m not telling you this for sympathy or to make excuses. On the contrary. But, this IS our story. This is how we got to where we are. Childhood traumas. Repeated homelessness. Autism. Severe mental illness. Financial struggles. From not being able to scrape together $10. From not eating for days at a time. To constantly having to worry about if we are going to make enough to keep a roof over our heads, and to finally being able to mostly support ourselves with our work from home businesses. We are almost there and we are growing. We are so thankful for everyone and everything that’s been a part of our journey, good and bad, setbacks and triumphs, struggles and successes, support and discouragement. Because without every single part of it we would not be here today and we would not be able to bring the same things to the table.
We are all shaped by our experiences. It’s what we do with them and the choices that we make in spite of them that make us who we are.
Read our story & go here to lend: https://www.kiva.org/lend/1410874