I am E/N
I was born and raised in Kingston Jamaica. While growing up my mom and dad owned successful businesses which exposed me to the entrepreneurial lifestyle. While in school I took a sewing class, and from then on I had developed a strong passion for design. I began altering my school uniforms to achieve a more fitted look. I would also charge my friends to alter their uniforms as well. These were the first sales of I am E/N. After finishing high school, I held a few part-time jobs. However this was not fulfilling so I decided to move to New York City to pursue clothing design full-time. I have been living in New York City now for 6 years. I have lived in 3 of the 5 boroughs, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. Everyday I am working as the CEO of I am E/N. In the future I want to use my profits for the good of humanity and help put an end to human trafficking. I want to establish enough wealth to support my family, wife, two girls, and be a support system to aid in fight against human trafficking.
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More about this loan
I am E/N is a clothing and accessory design company, known for its iconic designs and creations. I am E/N officially started back in 2005, when I was charging my friends to alter their clothes. At a young age, my grandmother showed me how to work the sewing machine and after similar classes I took in high school, I knew I wanted to create and design clothes for a living. This lead to the creation of my small business I am E/N which designs and creates everything from purses, clutches, wallets and more. I am E/N has recently taken on new ventures in dealing with the e-scooter hover boards and wearable technology. I am E/N customers are everyday average people who live and lead busy lives who may use wearable technology to assist them in their lives. For these wearables, we have created two bags, one that can charge your devices via a detachable solar panel and another bag that can watch your back with a sensor light and front and back cameras. We are most proud of the creation of a new sport called the Astro League (copyright approved). This will be a sport for the modern generation. In the future I am E/N hopes to bring races and events to communities. Giving everyone a chance to compete in a E-scooter race in full racing gear (also designed by I am E/N). The racing gear includes scooter covers, scooter carriers, racer chest protective pads, elbow and knee pads and a wrist controller. One of our biggest challenges thus far has been maintaining a high level of foot traffic thru the website and other arenas because of lack of marketing materials. We hope to use the loan to boost traffic.
What is the purpose of this loan?
We expect the funds to increase brand awareness and foot traffic to the website. We also expect the funds to increase awareness and attendance/registration of the Astro League E scooter race. After the successful completion of the first event, I am E/N will be forever recognized. The recognition will generate more sales of scooter related items and other I am E/N products.
Increased traffic to I am E/N will impact not only my life but the life of my family as well. It will create more revenue that can be used to both further the business and keep up with personal expenses and mortgages. With a recent home purchase, and two daughters, I have a lot weighing on my shoulders. I am hoping this KIVA loan can help alleviate some the financial hiccups. It will allow I am E/N to continue to expand
Years in operation: 3 years – 5 years