Taddesse Haile emigrated to the United States with 20 years of experience running a cafe in Ethiopia and a dream of bringing Ethiopian food to his new neighborhood in the Haight District of San Francisco.
In 2009, Taddesse was ready to realize his dream by opening Oasis Café, but lacked the credit history in the United States to receive a traditional bank loan for working capital.
Three years later he was back again, ready to expand his space and create a full service Ethiopian restaurant. With a second $45,000 loan, Taddesse was able to buy new kitchen equipment, apply for permits, and expand his marketing efforts to get Oasis Cafe on the map!
Taddesse had a perfect space in mind for his coffee shop, and approached Working Solutions for funding in 2009. He received a $10,000 loan to renovate and furnish his space to get him ready for business!
After his funding, Working Solutions continued to work with Taddesse to review his leases and contracts and find opportunities for him to market his cafe.
Taddesse's restaurant now employs four part-time employees in addition to several of Taddesse's family members, and he says that business picks up a little bit every day.