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Jul 6, 2016 10:36 AM ET

Archived: Yomi, born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, I am a son of Africa by way of Jamaica and Trinidad: Raw Cotton Rags is part of my vision for raising consciousness and empowering African people who are the inspiration behind our designs.

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Yomi’s story

I was born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. I am a son of Africa by way of Jamaica and Trinidad. I am a child of Garvey who told us to be self-reliant and to be organized. I have been an organizer most of my life and have always been independent-minded.

I believe it is consciousness that creates reality and have always been interested in raising African people’s consciousness about their history and culture. I am all about empowering African people and creating a more just society for everyone.

Raw Cotton Rags is part of my vision for raising consciousness and empowering African people who are the inspiration behind our designs. As we grow, it is my goal to become as independent as possible from major corporations. From the sewing of t-shirts to the server that hosts our site, I am striving to reach a point where every cent invested in our company goes into the hands of socially progressive and responsible small businesses. Most importantly, one of the primary reasons for the founding of Raw Cotton is to raise money to fund innovative community organizing programs and direct action campaigns in marginalized Black & Brown neighborhoods throughout America.

This loan is special because:

It helps expand a business that works to empower people of color and promote African culture.

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More about this loan

Business Description

Raw Cotton is a graphic t-shirt and accessory company started in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Our designs offer a raw, unapologetic look at the culture and experiences of African (Black) people in the Americas (and other People of Color). While our designs are primarily born out of the Black experience, they are for anyone who feels connected to them and inspired to wear them.

We are not concerned with political correctness. On the other hand, we are not obsessed with being “radical” or “conscious”. Each design is born from Black love, life, pain, pleasure, beauty, ugliness, suffering, and struggle. There is little concern over what might be too controversial. We are committed to offering unique and innovative designs that go far beyond simply parroting popular opinion. We offer you voices that fill voids and images that stimulate movement.

We say things that aren’t publicly being said…but that so many of us are thinking. We make connections that aren’t often being made, but are often right under our noses. And, just as importantly, we offer designs that are just plain fly.

What is the purpose of this loan?

With this loan i’ll be able to replace my broken direct-to-garment printer. This will allow me to print my own shirts instead of having to use a print-on-demand site. This will allow me to make my shirts more affordable to my consumers and still increase my profit margin by 100%. I will also use this loan for social media marketing, a photo shoot which will expand my business. I will also be able to buy more inventory and participate in upcoming festivals and fairs.

Expenses breakdown: New Direct to Garment printer –$2200 New website design—$1000 Inventory–$700 Social Media Marketing –$600 Photo Shoot—$500

About Raw Cotton Rags

Industry: Clothing
Years in operation: More than 5 years
Website: rawcottonrags.com

A loan of $5,000 helps Yomi Replace my broken printer and build my brand.


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