Café Jumping Bean
In 1994 I opened a café on the south side of Chicago with $8,000 in cash and credit cards. It was a new concept for this neighborhood. When we needed to buy more equipment, the banks wouldn’t touch us. We were referred to Accion, and they loved what I was doing. The $5,000 Accion loan we received gave us a boost like you wouldn’t believe. I’d given up a lot to keep the place running and we wouldn’t have survived without it. We went back to Accion for another loan in 2000.
The Accion loan we received gave us a boost like you wouldn’t believe.
Since our opening, we’ve expanded from one employee to thirteen, and we gross $500,000 annually. We’ve grown from a walk-in café to a social hub and we support community events in every way possible. We have regulars who’ve been coming here for 20 years. We’ve created a tight-knit community and the neighborhood wouldn’t be the same without us.