Monica's Indiegogo Campaign

What if you just wanted to fund your dream??? That's what I want to do.
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Monica Wright
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Small Business
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
1 Team Member

I want to see something happen and I am so tired of waiting.

My name is Monica Wright.  For 12 years I operated 4 twenty-four hour a day childcare facilities in the city of Philadelphia.  We served hundreds of children, from low income families in need of nontraditional hours of care.  I employed many women in the community.  Those interactions created a lifetime of love and community.
 
Approximately three years ago the economy crashed and all my parents lost their jobs.  I closed each of my facilities so I could regroup.  It wasn't until a couple weeks ago I found out I been suffering from high blood pressure.  I'd honestly lost my will to move ahead in any affective manner.  But I never stopped trying to reopen my daycares and reinvent how I could serve my community.  After a short hospital stay and with the help of medication to control my blood pressure, I AM BACK and ready to make it HAPPEN!

So put on your seat belt, I want to take you on a tour of my dream and hope that at the end of the ride, you will find it in your heart to give something and I promise you it will be paid forward over and over again and you will have a lifelong place that will welcome you.  Here goes...(make sure you view all the pictures uploaded).

In 2001  I opened a family daycare home at 3125 Reach Street in Kensington, one of the most underserved areas of the City of Philadelphia.  We grew to serve a second location in Kensington and two more locations, one in South Philadelphia, and one in the Northeast section of the city.

Our original landlord of 3125 Reach Street has allowed the property to become abandoned and it faces foreclosure.  The bank that holds the mortgage is willing to sell the building to me for $8,750.  That's less then the cost of a brand new economy car!

I am a licensed realtor and while I was looking for new customers, the owner of the property next door to our original daycare came forward and offered his now abandoned property for "short sale", which means I am negotiating with his bank to acquire his property for less than $10,000.  The goal would be to combine the two properties into a state of the art childcare facility that could again serve low income families in the city in need of nontraditional care.

So you might ask "why" I am asking for so little.  I am asking for a jump start.  I have loan applications in the works to get the things done to make this dream come true.   Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000) will fund the purchase of the two buildings, the beginnings of the renovations needed (the building are small but should accommodate 14 children per shift).  My daycare organization still owns 3 other properties, one which houses a still functioning childcare facility that has now reached capacity in this economic rebound. One thing I realized during my twelve years of childcare operations  experience was the need for daycares to have alternative streams of funding.

I believe God brought a great hobby into my life for a reason, that hobby was soap making.  Besides being a childcare provider, which brought great people into my life, being a soap maker has been exciting and fulfilling and touches everyone, and has allowed me to touch so many because everyone has to wash!  During the 2009 state budget crisis, where daycares were not paid for 4 months, it was the proceeds for my soap making business that kept the daycares open and operating.

When I closed my south Philadelphia daycare, I reinvented the location as PhillySoaps Cafe.  I sell handmade soaps, bath and body products, we tried selling gourmet coffee and smoothies, we've had spoken word events and parties, sold fresh fruits and vegetables, Greek food and chicken and waffles.  Everyone who had a dream of opening a business was welcome to give it a try in our space and so many cool people stepped up to the challenge.  The problem was we were severely under funded.

So all the pieces to the puzzle are here.  Reopen the daycares in North Philadelphia, where the need is the most great.  Get Philly Soaps cafe open so that additional funding streams can support the daycare and our community can be uplifted.
 
My door is wide open.  I want to get this done and I plan to work my butt off to see it happen before I leave this earth.  Check out the perks below and check out the photos I've uploaded.  Nothing in this appeal was created new, this is all things that have been in the works for years.  Our challenge is that the banks are ill-equiped to support grass roots projects like this. Donate or come on down and roll up your sleeves and help.  I am willing to work with you to see how we can mutually help each other.

The greatest thing you can do is share this campaign.  I know money is tight for everyone.  So your support, ideals, referrals are as good as GOLD, thank you for taking the time to learn about my campaign.

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  • $25USD
    PhillySoaps Bath and Body Pack

    Three handmade soaps, and shea butter sample, for pick up or mailed to your home

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $100USD
    Soap Making Class

    One day class that introduces you to the world of cold process soap making and bath and body product formulation.

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  • $100USD
    Soap Making Class

    One day class that introduces you to the world of cold process soap making and bath and body product formulation.

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  • $1,000USD
    Get Involved

    Hold an event at our location, exhibit your art work for 30 days, launch your product line from our location, see what its like to be in business and use PhillySoaps cafe to do it for one month. (details subject to negotiations)

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  • $10,000USD
    Investor

    Own 10% of our business. Details subject to negotiations, but because our project involves real estate holding and business profits, we are will to share the wealth and excitement of being in business, own part of our properties and allow us to lease the space back from you.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Investor

    Own 10% of our business. Details subject to negotiations, but because our project involves real estate holding and business profits, we are will to share the wealth and excitement of being in business, own part of our properties and allow us to lease the space back from you.

    0 out of 6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2013
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