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. 


Naomi J Hardy

Dunamis Transition Solutions

 Solopreneur, Naomi J Hardy, is passionate about people and enjoys managing relationships during change, guiding business owners and their employees during uncertain times. 

A native Louisianan, Naomi grew up in a large family pushing her to learn and manage different personalities, “My family is a close-knit family where cousins are like sisters and brothers; aunts and uncles are like second parents. So, I gre…

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Kassandra Torres

Mírame Boutique

From a young age, Kassandra Torres had a passion for fashion and design. After years of working jobs to help support her husband and four children, Kassandra was ready to fulfill her lifelong dream of running a boutique that helped others look their best. Kassandra attempted to launch an online clothing store in 2017, but she closed it within a year to focus on her family and demanding full-time job. When COVID hit Mercedes…

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Jeanette Sellers

Axum Culture

Jeanette Sellers has a mission: to build community that celebrates the beauty of diverse, African cultures. She wants her children to “feel their culture” and see it represented in everyday life. 

Jeanette didn’t plan to be an entrepreneur. As an undergraduate, she joined a student activist group to address the injustices she experienced on her recently de-segregated campus. She noticed her fellow female activists c…

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George Hahn

AOS Treatment Solutions

After years of working with Texas-based water treatment firms, George Hahn decided to follow his passion for clean water and launch his own company — AOS Treatment Solutions — in 1999. George used his existing industry connections and expertise to offer a variety of cost-effective services at AOS, eventually becoming a single-point water treatment source for Houston-area industrial and residential clients.

George’s succe…

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Graciela Carrillo

Fina’s Cooking & Catering

Graciela Carrillo expressed her love for cooking from the early age of three, “I was in the kitchen cooking with my grandmother all the time,” said Graciela.

After finishing college, Graciela traveled Europe where she attended culinary school. Returning to the states, she worked in a variety of restaurants, enhancing her cooking skills and deepening her passion for food. Later on, she found herself jobless after the rest…

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