LAUNCH entrepreneur Angie Adams is raising money for a Filipino fusion café in Chattanooga.
Adams moved from the Philippines when she was 8 years old. She’s been in the United States for most of her life, and she spent a lot of that time learning how to cook American food, she said.
“I learned quite a bit of the American side, and the Filipino part is from my culture-[I’m] fusing those two,” she said.
The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, all of which have been colonized by different countries, Adams said. So Filipino food has influences from an array of places. Through her new business, Calamansi Cafe, she wants to expose Chattanooga to those foods.
“I’d like to be able to have a cultural, ethnic food place and for people to be able to taste [foods] from the different places, such as India and Spain and even France,” she said.
The new café aims to appeal to all people-Filipinos, Americans, foodies, tourists, locals, students, singles, families and business travelers, she also said.
“We will provide a place of not only good food but a place to feel at home,” Adams said.
After participating in a LAUNCH business class, Adams has been catering and holding pop-up restaurant events, which have been well-received, she said.
She’s been building support and finding there’s a desire for different types of food in the area.
Adams is also raising money via Kiva, which is a microfinance nonprofit.
LAUNCH leaders recommended Kiva to Adams.
In a blog post, LAUNCH leaders explain the benefits of Kiva.
“Kiva makes it possible for a micro business owner to get a loan of up to $10,000 at 0 percent interest over a maximum of three years,” according to LAUNCH. “Their reasoning is that if a person is able to get up to 35 friends and family members to lend them $25 or more, then the person has proven to be of the right character, and Kiva can ask the world (literally) to consider lending the same amounts to this individual.”
Adams is looking to raise $8,000.
She has 15 days left of her campaign and $6,775 to raise.
“It’s an all or nothing loan,” she said.
If she meets her goal, she’ll use the money to engage customers, buy equipment and hire employees.
“For me, when it comes to fundraising, I think it’s nice to have people feel like they are involved and not just donating,” she said. “When they put in that $25, they actually helped really see this come through. They are my business partners.”
This story was originally published on Nooga.com