Post-Katrina Small Business Help for Delta's Poor

 
$15,404
$684,596
Raised
Remaining
Nov 14, 2006

Katrina Project Updates

A Trickle up success story…

“I had to be strong for my mom,” Terry Ann Williams explained as she described the horror of her escape from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. “As we left the house the brick overhand collapsed. It took us thirty minutes to get around the house [through the surging water].” She made it to the third floor of a neighboring building with her mother and son. The family went three days without drinking water, surviving on a can of creamed corn, some beans, and crackers until they were evacuated and temporarily relocated to Houston.

Upon returning to Louisiana, Ms. Williams found that her job no longer existed. However, with the help of Trickle Up, she started her own business a year later: “Look of Beauty Bridal” in Kenner, Louisiana – just down the road from New Orleans. Ms. Williams invested her Trickle Up seed capital in used wedding gowns, which she rents to brides on a budget.

Ms. Williams now operates a successful formalwear store. She attributes her success to the business training provided through Good Work Network, a Trickle up partner organization. Ms. Williams knows that people in New Orleans “like to celebrate;” the affordable formalwear and customized fitting and tailoring she offers help them do it in style!

Updates:

Trickle Up works with nine local partner agencies to serve low-income entrepreneurs in the Delta/Gulf Coast area. Our outreach efforts target people affected by Hurricane Katrina and others that meet our poverty assessment criteria.

Trickle Up is pleased to announce the arrival of our new U.S. field officer, Tessa Jackson, who will represent the organization in the Delta/Gulf Coast region. A New Orleans native, Tessa briefly relocated to Washington, DC following Hurricane Katrina. There she worked as an assistant to the chairperson of the U.S. HELP Commission. Tessa returned to Louisiana six months later to repair her home and participate in community rebuilding efforts. She brings more than more than ten years of entrepreneur coaching and business strategy consulting experience to Trickle Up.

Our new field representative will visit partner agencies on a regular basis to conduct training workshops and monitor progress. She will also be able to provide direct coaching to entrepreneurs. Her presence will be critical in helping Trickle Up accomplish its goal of program expansion through new partnerships and additional services in the coming year.

Comments:
  • Donna
    Donna good update- short and interesting
    • 8 years ago
    •  · 
  • To comment you need to login. Don't have an account? Create One.

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

Donation Options

Funded

Thanks to 29 donors like you, a total of $15,404 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?
Find another project in United States or in Economic Development that needs your help.

Organization

Project Leader

Tessa Jackson

U.S. Field Officer, Delta/Gulf Coast Office
New York, NY United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Post-Katrina Small Business Help for Delta's Poor