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COVID-19 Emergency Loan – Dish for Dosha

CIC COVID-19 Emergency Loan Success Story!

In mid-March, as our country was facing the unprecedented reality of rapid closure to ensure public safety the Community Investment Corporation loan team understood exactly what that meant for small businesses, revenue loss that could potentially lead to permanent closure.

Within days the CIC team developed the COVID-19 Emergency Microloan product and began offering access to two community-backed loan products, one from Kiva Tucson and one from Wefunder, each designed to bridge small businesses through the unknown future.

In addition, CIC invested $200,000 of our loan portfolio to support these small businesses either for the $10,000 microloan product or the help businesses reach a time-sensitive community-backed loan goal. 

Dish for Dosha Personal Ayuredic Chefs received a CIC COVID-19 Emergency Microloan and we are thrilled to have had this offering make all the difference to the business. 

Dish for Dosha Personal Ayurvedic Chefs

"This is the second time CIC believed in ME enough to come through for me, when things look dire and survival is the name of the game.
Thank you for your borrowed tools.
I will recreate my masterpiece with it . . . Promise!" Chef Cecilia Arosemena, Owner Dish for Dosha

“CIC is my secret weapon in business! 

I will always remember the day I called CIC, and then lived to enjoy the “fruits” of my labor. Five years ago, I was a single mother, an immigrant, sick from liver disease, and desperate to live and fund my “life-line”.  I had no credit, no business experience, no “working capital”, and no idea what a “P&L” stood for. The helpful gentlemen at CIC accepted me and my juice business dream, broken, poor, and very hungry. They funded my dream with more money than I had the courage to ask for… “just in case”. At the very beginning, they checked in with me month after month, to “help” me figure out “business “.

CIC provided me the permission slip to try, and succeed. One honest conversation at a time. And guess what? It made all the difference for me and my little boy.  

Now, we have a successful juice manufacturing company, Dish for Dosha, LLC  that wholesales cold-pressed Ayurvedic juice around the state of Arizona, designed for cancer patients in pain, need of rest, and nutrition.  

With that product, our small dream company can support local farmers, nourish and pacify the ill. We can train women how to work in commercial kitchens with the YWCA’s YWorks social programs and support local refugee organizations to juice their gleaned harvests with the machines CIC helped us buy, and much much more.” 

About Dish for Dosha:

Dish for Dosha owner Chef Cecilia Arosemena’s mission is to infuse a depleted body with many different nutrient dense foods that empower the immune system naturally, promoting health, vibrancy, and overall well-being. Dish for Dosha’s unique approach to food is inspired by the balancing principles of the science of Ayurveda, a 5000-year-old healing tradition from India that is still taught and practiced in Eastern medical schools today. Each juice is unique; created with a healing intention for a specific type of mind/body combination or Dosha. 

Dish for Dosha’s fresh raw juices are all natural, and often made with succulent Sonoran desert fruits every morning. ”It is important to deliver wholesome food, to those who don’t have enough time to make, or travel to a healthier lunch choice. It is important that we use as many local ingredients as possible to support local farmers and also seek the best tasting, highest quality organic ingredients. It is also important that our customers are made to feel special, and important, delivering a warm package of nutritious and delicious gifts.” Chef Cecilia 

Using high quality, locally sourced ingredients, Dish For Dosha supports local vendors, farmers, and community outreach projects, and is proud to be a supporter of the YWCA and HAPPY Organization based in Tucson.