ST. LOUIS- A St. Louis woman went from boxing cakes to building her own bakery. She is one of many success stories of a local lending program that aims to help women and under-served communities.
The Healing Hearts Bank is operated by the National Council for Jewish Women. The program provides micro-loans of up to $500.
Brenda Smith wanted to start her own dessert business but says she lacked the money and confidence. After getting a loan from the program she now manages a bakery at Fields Foods and has her own cake business.
“I can remember way back when I first started – like what am I going to .. how am I going to even start? I don’t have money to buy cake icing to keep going. I don’t have money to get buy everything I need to get going, with the skill that I have,” said Brenda Smith.
Hear more of her story on the Pulse of St. Louis.