Charma Dompreh, a retired high school teacher, is enjoying a second career creating healthy and affordable snacks. As part of a large family in Hamilton, Ohio where her mother taught her to cook and bake from scratch, she cooked many family meals and enjoyed tweaking recipes and testing them out on her family. After raising two children and retiring from her job as a high school teacher, Charma returned to her roots of cooking and baking. Deeply affected by a news report on childhood obesity and the effect of highly processed foods, she became passionate about creating alternative snack options. Tapping into her creative side, Charma developed not only organic kale chips but also organic collard chips, a unique addition to the marketplace. Charma’s Living Kitchen was born!
Charma’s Living Kitchen is a healthy snack line featuring organic kale and collard chips. Charma found her way to FoodLab in 2014, participating in our BASE program and making necessary connections to take her business to the next level. Since graduating from BASE, she has licensed her business, begun producing out of a commercial kitchen, and started selling her products in retail outlets throughout Flint and Detroit. Now she faces the growing pains common to so many food businesses as she looks to expand her production to meet increasing demand while keeping a balanced and realistic budget.
Charma is seeking a Kiva Zip loan that will allow her to purchase commercial grade Vitamix blenders, labels, and other items needed for expanded production. Kiva strives to expand financial opportunities and access for borrowers who otherwise lack them, reduce the cost of capital for borrowers who need it, and enhance the connectedness between lenders and borrowers. FoodLab will be acting as a trustee on her loan and we will share information on how to contribute as soon as it’s ready. Until then, stop by Whole Foods Detroit, Eastern Market Tuesdays, and Loving Life Health Food Store for your healthy snacking alternative!