Impact Stories

Small Business. Big Impact. 

We are proud of our clients who add vibrancy to our communities while creating a pathway to prosperity for themselves, their families and their employees. 

 

At LiftFund 86% of our clients are entrepreneurs of color, 40% are women and 26% are startups contributing to the local economy and making a difference in their communities. 

 

Read about our clients’ entrepreneurial journey and get inspired by their passion, commitment and resiliency. 

Rahel Abraham

ClimaGuard

When Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, Rahel Abraham lost her vehicle. Shortly after, she left her job – leaving her “starting from scratch,” with something she calls “a blessing in disguise.” “I was in my home and my vehicle was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. I could not evacuate because the street level was lower than the actual home. During that time, I had a very helpless feeling and did not want to be in that situation a…

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Veteran

Acquria Denise King, Jo Jo (Young CEO)

Jo Jo’s Closet

 After years of seeing her parents own and operate their small businesses, Jordan, at the aspiring young age of six, had the drive to become a successful entrepreneur herself. Not long ago, Jordan approached her mother, Acquria Denise King, with an idea to sell clothes and toys. Unquestionably, King embraced the dream and together, in February 2022, they created Jo Jo’s Closet. 

A disabled veteran, Acquria drea…

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Eva Wyatt, Aisha Taylor, Kendra Murray

Four Eleven LLC

The COVID-19 pandemic brought challenges to many individuals, including jobs losses and businesses coming to a halt. Those affected include a group of long-time friends in Houston by the names of Eva Wyatt, Aisha Taylor, and Kendra Murray. Kendra was forced to quit her job as a schoolteacher to reduce COVID exposure for her daughter, who was at high risk. Aisha’s projects in the oil and gas industry were put on pause. Then,…

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Kemah N. Duopo

Harmon Polish

Kemah began her journey when she moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Los Angeles, California. She felt she could not reach her full potential in her hometown and aimed to gain more opportunities. Instead, the big change led to new challenges and in 2018, she got laid off. However, that would soon turn into a blessing.

Even though Kemah was struggling, she still had the opportunity to get her nails done, which had been …

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Unoma Okorafor

Herbal Goodness

Unoma Okorafor is the founder and CEO of Herbal Goodness, a manufacturer of premium quality organic superfood and herb products in the form of dietary supplements, herbal teas, and powders that naturally support healthy living. 

Okorafor was inspired to start Herbal Goodness in 2013. As a native of West Africa, she’d grown up eating fresh, organic fruits such as mangoes and papayas daily, but during her pregnancy fo…

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Timothy Oyedele

Juzy Smoothie & Juice Bar

Timothy was inspired to help others live healthier lives when he started his own journey towards better living. While working at a gym, Timothy noticed he had fallen significantly out of shape.

He looked at his surroundings and decided to take up body building and a healthier diet. “I went and did some research and hopped on the juice cleanse for about three, four days and I felt
great afterwards,” he explained.

Timothy w…

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